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Friday, October 31, 2014
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Abi N.
I grew up in church; God was a daily part of my life. In 1st grade I accepted Christ into my life. When you’re a little girl it’s easy to love God. By 7th grade I felt like I had no purpose, so I decided that I was going to take my life. Four days after that decision I attended D-now at my church where a man said “I know that some people in here have probably tried to take their lives ... if you have even thought about this in the last week, the last month, raise your hand.” I knew God was speaking to me through this man. I felt convicted and ashamed. The man said taking your life would not help. The only thing that can is God. That night I rededicated my life to Christ. I no longer have the feeling of “no one would care if I died right now.” God has given me a purpose. God’s love for me is so unbelievable. I know that when I die I will go to heaven and spend the rest of my life with Christ. I guess some people look at death as the end, but now that I have Christ, I know that my death will be just the beginning of eternity with Christ.
 
Aileen L.
Since I was a small child I loved going to Sunday School and church, but had never accepted Jesus into my heart until I was twelve when I went forward during a revival service and was baptized. I was content and happy in my relations with Jesus and knew that He was always with me, and felt secure knowing He was in my heart. Many years passed and I began to wonder if I had really been saved way back then. I grew restless and worried that I might never have accepted Jesus. I was in turmoil until I prayed to receive Christ into my heart. In January 1998, I made a public profession of faith and was again baptized. Since then, I have felt a new assurance and inner peace that has transformed my life. It is my desire that others see Jesus in me, and even though I fall short many times, I pray asking for forgiveness knowing that He hears my every prayer. Accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior is the best and most important decision I ever made, and I know I will be spending eternity in heaven with Him when I die.
 
Aimee B.
Even as a young child I knew God was everywhere and he saw what I did. One time I was hiding under my bed from my mother because she was going to punish me for something I did. I knew God saw me. I was attending vacation Bible School when I was nine and heard the pastor tell us about how Christ died on the cross for the sins of the world. He told us we were sinners and deserved to go to hell, but if we believed what Jesus did for us and asked him to live in our hearts we would be saved and go to heaven. I prayed that day to ask Jesus into my heart. After I did I felt God's presence in my life. I had a greater awareness of sin in my life. I began to want to read my Bible and pray. There have been many ups and downs in my life but God has given me the strength to get through. He has given my life purpose and meaning. I know that when I die I will have a home in heaven forever.
 
Alexis W.
My past guilt would consist of putting myself out into this world drawing the wrong attention to myself because I wasn't getting it anywhere else. My life before Christ was filled with hatred, no forgiveness, and no compassion. I came to know Christ through my cousin, Erika, and her friends on a night that they were witnessing to others at the St. Johns Town Center. I was just along for the ride not really knowing what to think of the whole experience, when one of her friends, Austin, decided to ask me what exactly I thought about what they were doing. Once he explained more to me I knew it was something that I wanted for my life. So he prayed with me as I asked the Lord into my life and I was forever changed. Christ has brought meaning into my life by blessing me with a wonderful stepmom, Amy, who is there for me all the time and encouraging me on my walk with Christ. I have no more burdens for my life does not belong to me; it is my Heavenly Father's. My chains are gone, I have been set free. I live my life daily to please God so that I may say that when I die I have a reservation in Heaven.
 
Alicia C.
I grew up in a Christian household and attended a Christian church. I was saved when I was young but was never baptized. I was not strong in my faith. Around entering college I stopped attending church and started engaging in negative behaviors. I partied, was promiscuous, got pregnant (my daughter was placed for adoption), and had an abortion, just to name a few. In 1999 I met my husband who was saved but also was not following Christ. We engaged in pre-marital relations and eventually married. Around September 2006, we were led to church by a friend. We subsequently became members of FBC Middleburg and were both baptized. I made the decision to be baptized because I was ready to follow Jesus and live my life for Him. When I was young I dreaded going to church, but I now look forward to it every week. I find strength in the music, message, and fellowship with my friends in Christ, and also through my daily personal time in prayer and devotions. Jesus died for my sin, bled over my guilt, and covers me with his grace. I know that when I die I am going to Heaven!
 
Amanda M.
My family didn't really go to church when I was growing up. My parents were divorced, and the people I knew who did go to church weren't living out their faith in their daily lives. In fact, when I got married 11 years ago, it wasn't in a church. That's how unimportant "religion" was to me. My life changed when I became a mother. I soon realized that I wanted a better life for my daughters than I had growing up. I wanted a purpose for myself, my marriage, and for my girls. My husband and I joined a church, and we suddenly realized that being good people wasn't enough for our family to be together in heaven. We saw ourselves as God saw us for the first time - sinners and lost without hope. It was the loneliest and scariest feeling I ever had. So I went to the altar and accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. Since that day, I have had peace. My life isn't perfect. I still have stress at work, and I still have drama in my family. But I know without a doubt, that Jesus is my best friend, God is my Father who loves me, and Heaven is my future home.
 
Amy S.
I grew up in a Christian home and was taught about God's love from an early age. But even though I grew up in church, I still had my own AGENDA. This agenda was very self-focused and even mean at times. Thankfully, I had a mother who wouldn't give up on me and prayed for me continually. When I was 7, I asked Jesus into my heart as my Lord and Savior. My attitude and behavior started to shift in a Jesus direction. There have been times that I have strayed away from God, but his gentle voice is always there drawing me back to where I need to be. I'm not perfect and never will be. I make mistakes frequently, but God's grace is there to forgive and restore me. It's not always an easy journey to be a Christ follower, but God promises to "never leave us or forsake us." We'd love to have you visit us at First Baptist Church of Middleburg. It is a Christ-centered church, committed to spreading God's love to all. We'll save a seat for you!
 
Amy W.
It all began at a young age, the shame, guilt, and fear I lived with. Without a clear true father figure and childhood abuse, like many young girls, I wanted to be free of the inner turmoil. My young mother decided to get us to church regularly for her own reasons. While we were there I learned the real truth about the salvation I so desperately needed and wanted. God called me out and let me know that whether it was the enormous hurt/anger I felt or the weight of my own mistakes, He through Jesus Christ would give me love, forgiveness, and redemption. That choice at 11 years old has changed my life's course forever. Since that time, Jesus has been healing my wounded heart, tenderly and lovingly. He has replaced the fear, shame, guilt, and unworthiness with grace to freely receive. Although I still make mistakes, now I know heaven is my destination. Eternal, forever life. He has assured me heaven and peace of mind/soul that He will walk with me through this life on earth no matter what it brings. It's never too late if Jesus is inviting you to choose Him. If He is, don't walk, but run to Him.
 
Andrea T.
When I was 11, my best friend invited me to attend AWANAs. It was there that I heard that Jesus loved ME and died for ME and that if I did not have Jesus in my heart, that when I died, I would not be in heaven with Him. I knew Jesus died for the world but never knew it was personal. I prayed and asked forgiveness for my sins and asked Jesus into my heart. It was there I found my forever friend. Growing up in my home, there was no love. Jesus was all I had. He was and IS my everything. He loved me when nobody else did. I clung to Him and trusted Him with my very life. I would never have survived without that hope that God has a plan for my life. He has given me the strength to face breast cancer twice; the second time being told I would be dead in two years and to get my affairs in order. I still face daily struggles but I know that Jesus is always there with me. He intervenes for me, loves me, died for me, and asks nothing in return except my love and worship. He is still my hope and I can't wait to see Him face to face someday!
 
Angel C.
Growing up I didn't attend church that often. When I was a teenager, I chose to go down the wrong path. I did a lot of bad things I thought made me cool. Then as an adult I got married and had two kids. My marriage was terrible, we were not living like we should have been. Then I became divorced and a single parent. My life was horrible. I was sad, depressed, and very hopeless. I worried all the time. I was not a good role model for my kids. The time came one day that I realized that my life was not working the way that I was running it. One Sunday there was an Easter egg hunt at a local church, my kids wanted to go, so we went. I didn't know that it was after the service, so we went to the service and the spirit of the Holy Ghost was alive and all over me, it was at that moment I turned my life over to Christ. My life now is very different. I am so happy. I feel this inner peace like I have never felt before. Hopeless is now hopeful. God has changed me forever. My only regret is that I didn't accept Him into my life sooner. I am proud of the role model am for my kids now. Everyone has noticed a change in me, and it feels good. Thank You God for your everlasting love.
 
Angela D.
Before Christ was in my life I was lonely and afraid. Although I had been raised in church, I was surrounding myself with the wrong people, and making bad choices. I was desperate and saw no purpose in life. Right after 9/11, I randomly visited a church where God reached me, spoke to me, and I prayed to accept Christ as my Savior. I have never been the same. I now have purpose, peace, and joy; and am thankful for the amazing people and opportunities that God has placed in my life.
 
Angela W.
I felt like something big was missing in my life. My husband was brought up in a Christian home. He gave me my first Bible. My husband introduced me to church attendance where I could understand the word of God. Since accepting Christ I have faith and peace and purpose for my life.

April L.
My life was once without purpose and there was a void in it. Then, I went to church with my family and felt a need to accept Jesus as my personal savior. I now have a real purpose in my life. I sing with commitment to Jesus in the church choir. I love to read his love letters to me and listen for the leading of the Holy Spirit. By the way, the void is definitely filled.
 
Aubrey B.
My life before Jesus was discouraging, sad, and very sinful. I’m not that way now since I accepted Jesus. I realize Jesus has changed my life and He died for my sins. 
 
Ashli M.
Before Christ I had no direction or purpose. I was lost and did not know it. A youth evangelist shared Christ with my youth group and I realized that I had never trusted Christ as my Savior. After accepting Christ my void has been filled and I have a purpose- to be a light of hope in a dark and lost world.
 
 
Belinda S.
I was raised in church my entire life. I am fifty one now. I was saved at age twelve. I knew that I was a sinner, that Christ had died on the cross for me, and that I needed forgiveness. It has always been there for me, but have I always done right and treated Him right? NO! But having Him there by my side has kept me from a lot of bad things in life and He has had to come along beside me many times and remind me of the direction that I needed to be headed. Without the Godly heritage that I have been given and the forgiveness of the things that I do wrong, I don’t think I could have survived. Life without Christ would be unbearable without any place to turn.
 
Ben S.
I was sick and tired of being sick and tired, the same old grind with no light at the end of the tunnel. I felt rather hopeless and did not know what to do. I came to realize that I could not control my future alone. I needed some help. I came to know a man called Jesus, and He helped me. My life has changed. I am now at ease. I have joy and contentment in my life, and a peace beyond anything I could have imagined.
 
Bethany E.
I grew up in church and accepted Jesus when I was young. Jesus came into my life and gave me purpose. I now have a loving relationship to follow me through everything. I have a sense of purpose and fulfillment. I am constantly being transformed into a work of art, put on display for all to see, and admire the Creator.
 
Betsy S.
My story began the day I was born. I was blessed to have been surrounded with people who knew Jesus. And they taught me about Jesus and took me to church. So, I've known Jesus my whole life. I was baptized when I was about 10 years old. But, it wasn't until 9 years ago (and I'm 46!) that God helped me understand that knowing Him and saying that I believe in Him wasn't enough. He showed me that I needed to surrender my life to Him. I was living a "good" life but I wasn't obedient to His voice. I don't believe that you have to go to church to be saved but I believe that God wants us to be with fellow believers to worship, fellowship and help grow our relationship with Him. And it was in church (after being out of church for almost 20 years) that He opened my eyes to being surrendered to Him. He also helped me understand that I need to surrender EVERY DAY. There are events that have taken place and situations in my life that I don't understand and I become discouraged but I KNOW that God is in control and He loves me. And He is my hope. He will never leave me that's His promise. The great thing about His love and hope is that He wants EVERYONE to experience it.
 
Betty H.
I was a church attendee, but I thought I was a Christian because I did more good than bad.  My marriage was falling apart and I was unhappy.  I was very unhappy.  I started studying to become a Jehovah witness and a friend told me I could talk to her pastor about this.  When I went with her, her pastor led me to Jesus.  He has given me peace and joy.  Emptiness left me and in its place fulfillment.  He brought our family together and we are all in service to Him now.
 
Betty P.
Before I came to Christ I was lost, without purpose and joy. I had a godly mother who took me to church every time the doors were open. One day during the sermon, the Holy Spirit revealed to me that I was lost. Since receiving Christ Jesus, I have joy, purpose and peace. I know that even though I have problems and trials in this life, I am going to live forever in heaven with Jesus.
 
Bill G.
I only remember going to church twice in my childhood. About a year after I got married, my wife invited me to a revival at the church she attended. I reluctantly went and the Lord spoke to my heart so clearly. I heard how He loved me and even died for me. I learned that all I had to do was to pray and surrender my heart and life to Him. The preacher said that Jesus could change my life but I refused to give in. I went home and couldn't sleep. My wife sensed I was struggling and we talked. That night, I prayed and asked Jesus to come into my heart and surrendered my life to Him. Many years have passed and my life has had many struggles and storms. After a courageous battle with cancer, my beautiful wife of 44 years passed. I have had numerous health problems since her death, but I am still here so I know God is not through with me yet. I am in His hands. There is a reason for everything and He is in control. I do not know what tomorrow holds, but I know who holds tomorrow. One day, I will see my Lois again and we will spend eternity in heaven with our Lord.
 
Bill S.
My name is Bill, and this is my story. It isn’t riveting, miraculous, and nowhere close to the conversion Saul had on the road to Damascus, but it was life changing. I was lucky enough to be born into a strong Christian home with a mother who loved and served Christ, so I learned about Christ at an early age. My life was changed one Sunday morning during “Sunday School” in a small church in Gainesville. That morning I invited my best friend to come into my life, take away my sins, and walk with me to lead, guide, and direct me in everything that I do. Did my life get easier? Not a chance! Over the last 25 years I have suffered from the same trials and hardships as everyone else. I have been through divorce, bankruptcy, laid off, fired, and broken, just like anyone else. The difference is that I have a Rock I can hold firm to. In the tough times I can turn to Christ, and he carries my burdens when I can’t. Having Christ in my life does not guarantee an easy road, but I know that when I die I will go to Heaven.
 
Bill W.
I was saved as a child. I don’t remember when Jesus was not a part of my life. There is no part of my life that doesn’t gain it’s meaning from my relationship with Jesus. 
 
Bo G.
My mother introduced me to the Lord when I was 12 years old. The front of my Bible still has the words, “I was saved this day,” written in an adolescent hand, the scribble of a young man beginning his journey. I was blessed to have a mother who survived on faith and I watched and learned from her lessons. In 6th grade I met my stepfather. He loved me like his own and I adored him. When he died, a part of me died also. I lost my morals, my faith, and I just about lost my family and my life. But God loved me in spite of myself. He never forgot me and never let me go. He sent people to talk to me about the Lord. Eventually my heart softened and I listened to His voice. A few years after I lost my father, I also lost my mother. This world is not a stable place; the only stable thing is Christ. He was and is always there. Someday my Heavenly Father will take me in his embrace and hold me forever, and I hope with all my heart that He will say He is proud of me. Seven years later I am back in church. Thank you Jesus, my Lord and Savior, my Father!
 
Bob D.
I was not raised in a Christian home. My father abandoned us when I was two years old and I am the eighth of nine children raised by a single mom in poverty. After high school, I joined the Navy where I met my friend Bruce and we partied together. Eventually, he started attending church and I went along with him. During the summer of 1985 a revival came to that small church. On the final evening the Holy Spirit began to convict me. I knew I should walk down the aisle and get saved, but I was rebellious and refused. That evening, alone in my apartment, I couldn’t sleep. I finally prayed this prayer, “OK, I get it. Lord, you created the Heavens and the Earth and everything and you love me so much you sent Jesus to die on a cross for me. Right now, I want to ask you to forgive me of my sins, come into my heart and be the Lord of my life.” In the years since, then the Lord has been faithful in the ups and downs and has blessed me with a wonderful wife and three great kids. Unlike my earthly father, I cherish the time with them.
 
Bob V.
My friend in college asked me one day, “Did you ever hear God’s plan of salvation?” Even though I went to church regularly, I didn’t know for sure. I learned that I was a sinner and that I could never meet God’s standard by my own efforts. That left me feeling hopeless until I heard, “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” I was invited to see a movie called “A Thief In The Night.” The movie shook me up, and after some fellowship with some of the believers, while I was driving home, I said out loud, “Okay Jesus, I admit I am a sinner and I would like You to be my Savior.” After that my life began to change. I had a desire to read the Bible. I was baptized in 1980. Now, Jesus is not only my Savior and my God, but a personal friend that I interact with through reading His word, praying, and attending church. He enables me to do good works and gives me opportunities to serve Him. I pray that you could know Him too. May God bless you with the desire and ability to “call on the name of the Lord” and be saved.
 
Bob W.
I was depressed and discouraged as a teen. Life seemed overwhelming and religion seemed like an empty, dead thing. Then, friends invited us to hear a visiting singer at their church. We arrived late and the people were singing with such power and conviction that I knew they had something real – which the singer explained. Once I came to Jesus, the depression was replaced by joy and peace. This has continued even through some dark trials. I am not perfect, but a perfect Savior is changing me from the inside out making me fit to dwell with Him forever.
 
Bobby P.
Before Jesus it was difficult to balance work, school, and family. I was always stressing. Pastor Alan’s sermons, which I felt were directed right at me, and Bob Reccord’s conference on August 28th opened my heart. I accepted Jesus Christ. With Jesus I have peace, purpose and joy. Life is about Jesus, family and friends. Everything will work out with Christ.
 
Bonnie R.
I lacked joy before I met Jesus. I battled with sin. I was worried. Tried to fix my problems myself. I was empty. I finally gave up trying to find happiness in my family. I gave Jesus my complete heart and gave Him my everyday life to handle for me. I now have joy in the worst of times. I have a reason to get out of bed every day. I want everyone to feel like I feel.
 
Breanna A.
My life before Christ was tough; I hardly ever obeyed my parents. I didn’t act the way Jesus would have or would want his children to behave. I was constantly getting into trouble. When times got hard I would give up. I soon dropped from bringing home As and Bs to Bs and Cs. It was sad because I felt as if I was letting myself and everyone who loved me and cared about me down. Now that I have Christ in my life I think I am doing a little better. Every time I get in trouble I think to myself, what would Jesus have done and how can I fix it next time. The way I feel God is working through me is by using me to encourage people that are lost or struggling to do something better in their life to come to church. If they come at least one Wednesday or one Sunday they might get hooked and keep coming because that is what happened with my family and I love it. God is amazing and the whole world needs to know that and I feel that it is my job to let the world know that. I also feel strongly that EVERYONE NEEDS CHRIST IN THEIR LIVES.
 
Brenda J.
I was invited to church by a friend at age 12 and received Jesus as my Savior shortly after and was baptized in a river along with friends I had made. I was so excited and couldn't say enough to others about my new found faith. But when I started dating I no longer went to church and really put Jesus aside. After I got married and had children I occasionally took them to church. I was a backslider till my early forties and became very depressed with my children all out on their own and my husband busy with his job. I knew something very important was missing from my life. I got up one Sunday morning and went to a church I had driven by often. I went for Sunday School and they received me with open arms. I have changed churches since we moved and that one was too far to drive to. I love First Baptist Middleburg and all the friends I have here and the ministries I am involved in and recommend it highly. The pastors and staff and teachers are so dedicated to their work for God and that is why we are growing and reaching more and more people for Him. Thank you Jesus for giving me eternal life!
 
Brenda R.
I was born into a Christian home with a deacon father. My father was emotionally abusive but I had a mother and grandmother with great faith. I was always in church but at age 9 I felt the need for a Savior. I then went to Wheaton Bible College and married a Christian man. Christ has always been an integral part of our lives in raising our children and giving us strength in times of trial. We are now away from most of our family so we rely on Christian friends for support. I know that when I die I will go to heaven where I will continue serving my Lord and have a wonderful reunion with my mother and grandmother.
 
Brenda W.
I used to live a very controlled and abused life. I was always trying to fill that love emptiness. I was saved on October 22, 2007. Prior to that I had lived forty years in the wilderness. Jesus has brought me through many storms and trials and brought me Christians that have taught me to be content through the troubles. God is in control. He loves me and comforts me. He protects me.
 
Brent H.
I grew up knowing God and Jesus but because of the type of denomination, it was empty. I could never question anything and was never encouraged to read the Bible. It was very repetitious. It wasn't until I was invited by a friend to come to the altar in the Baptist Church to accept Jesus in my heart and be born again, did my life change. Since then, the Holy Spirit has been my conscience. It is amazing when you let God in your life, great things happen. SO MANY prayers have been answered - too many to count. And no matter how bad things get in life, eternity with him awaits.
 
Brian B.
Before I knew Jesus I was empty and flashy. I had no interest in Godly things. I was stupid, aimless, and dishonorable to the Kingdom. Now I personally know the Creator of everything and will soon be in His Heavenly Kingdom. It is never too late to give your life over to the Lord. I have peace, knowing the Lord God is always in control.
 
Brian F.
Having an absent father, I was lost. I wanted a father to love me and spend time with me. My friend and I asked my Mom how we can go to heaven at age 10. She led us to Christ. Now I have purpose and peace in my life. When things get hard I have someone to lean on. I have a heavenly father that wants to spend time with me.
 
Brian M.
I used to have a life of chaos. I lived in the world. I battled addictions. I played church. It was 1:00 A.M. I was alone. I pulled up Graham Cooke on YouTube. God used him over the internet to bring me to Christ. My friends and family have seen me transformed. Some of them have accepted Christ also.
 
Brittany M.
Before I really met Christ I thought I knew Him, but my life had no meaning; I walked around lost until I came to know the real Christ through the help of my boyfriend. I know that I now have eternal life, and am still growing daily with my walk in faith and with Christ.
 
Brittany W.
Before Jesus my life was okay ... not amazing or peace filled ... just okay. My husband started bringing me to church and he helped me grow in my faith. Since accepting Jesus, I am always peace-filled and know that there is a place for me in heaven. 
 
Bryan C.
When I was 8 I thought I had accepted Christ. But when I was 12, when Tony Nolan came to church, I realized God was telling me that I needed to be saved. Now, after being saved from 2002 when I was 12, I am 21 and leaving for college to become a youth pastor.
 
 
“C.B.” G.
God is faithful to call out to everyone many times. God’s first call is to His free gift of Eternal life. At the age of 10 I heard that call. A Sunday School teacher led me to accept Jesus Christ as my Savior. However, I didn’t make Him Lord of my life. Over The next 25 years God called to me many times. I ignored His calls or responded half-heartedly. By the age of 40 I had accomplished the dreams of my life - loving family, nice house, successful business, and even a deacon and youth leader in the church. Then God called out the same question to me that He had called out to the Apostle Peter saying “Do you love Me more than these things?” God was calling me to “die to myself”. I answered that call. For the past 35 years God has faithfully continued calling out to me. God called me to His abundant life - the joy of His salvation, peace beyond understanding, fellowship with Him, living hope and purpose for life plus an eternal inheritance with Him in heaven. STOP! LISTEN! Do you hear God calling now?
 
Carly W.
Before Christ my life was unmanageable. I felt helpless. Since I accepted Christ I feel wanted and I belong somewhere. I have someone to tell my troubles to. I ask Him for forgiveness and I feel forgiven. I feel validated. Christ is always present. My life is manageable and has reason.
 
Carol T.
I left home at 18, joined the Air Force and two years later fell in love with my husband, Tom. We married one month before he left for Viet Nam. We came back emotionally wounded. Later, we were stationed in Virginia and joined a church. I was very fearful with unresolved guilt and hurt. My husband was saved while we lived in Virginia, but I just went along with his desire. He enjoyed life, but I just cowered in my own little world unsaved. Much later at 58 years old and less fearful, I stopped pretending. A preacher at our church challenged us in his sermon asking is our name really going to be in the Lamb's Book of Life. I couldn't deny the Holy Spirit anymore. Early the next morning, I asked the Lord to be my Savior. I knew then I was born again. It has been 5 years now. God has seen me in women's ministries and Bible studies and now widowhood. He has given me Himself through all the sorrow, pain, and loneliness. He is the lover of my soul and continues to remind me He does not leave or forsake me.
 
Charles W.
My life used to be filled with hatred and anger. Nothing in life seemed right. My mom helped me and taught me about God. Jesus has brought me joy and understanding. I now feel empowered. Jesus is the cure for my anger.
 
Cheryl S.
I grew up believing in God; however, with my father being an atheist I was never allowed to look at a Bible or mention anything about religion. As I got older I watched my father live a life of adultery and abuse. Then I went into the military and lived my life with alcohol and adultery myself. After my divorce, I lived in a very sinful relationship and then later ended up doing something that landed me in jail. The man I was dating at the time didn't want anything to do with me but a friend of ours was there to listen to me. As time went on, he told me that not only did he forgive me but God had forgiven me too. I started going to church and realized that my friend was right, God had forgiven me. Once I was baptized I felt like everything had changed for me. I no longer feel contempt or hatred towards things in my life and my friend that helped me is now my fiance. He has shown me that God makes everything better and all I have to do is put my trust in the Lord.
 
Chris B.
Before I accepted Jesus, I was living an empty life. I wanted a family. I was searching for something. Since accepting Jesus, I’ve never been happier. Now I have a purpose and a family. I have peace in my heart. I’m excited to see the place Jesus is preparing for me in my life.
 
Christina R.
I was lost in this world but I knew God had a plan for me. I was told about Jesus repeatedly growing up in church and when I was eight years old I asked God to save me. I rededicated my life when I was seventeen. Now Christ is the only thing that keeps me going in this world as a mother, wife, and friend. Without Him I would be lost.
 
Christine B.
I was unhappy and felt so lost and lived a defeated life before Jesus. I was depressed and had some bad habits. My grandfather took me to church when I was a child but I quit going. One Father’s Day he asked me to go with him to church. I accepted Jesus. I am now happy. I am at peace. I know my purpose in life. Whenever I have a problem I take it to Jesus.
 
Christine M.
I grew up in a home where we did not go to church. My father was an alcoholic. My mother said she believed in God. I have experienced many trials. I was molested when I was ten. I was diagnosed with an unusual arthritis problem, causing me difficulty walking. I am a diabetic. I lost my brother to suicide. As a child, our neighbor took me to Vacation Bible School. Through that experience, I accepted Jesus into my life. As a teen, my mother took my two sisters and me to church. I learned the importance of being obedient to the Lord. I met husband and got married. He had grown up in church, so we made God a priority in our lives. We wanted our children to grow up in church. I desired to be baptized and follow Jesus' example. The Lord has given me the strength to cope with my issues. I rely fully on God to get me through the day. My husband and I learned to be obedient in our giving; therefore, we have been blessed more than we will ever deserve. We truly love serving the Lord. My desire is for everyone to know my Heavenly Father. We cannot take for granted that people will learn about Jesus without us "telling our story."
 
Christy D.
I asked Jesus into my life when I was a young girl of 7 or 8. My mother was very sick at the time and I was staying with friends. I felt alone, and lonely. I was afraid and worried. But, I grew up in a loving Christian family and I went to Sunday School and church. I loved the 23rd Psalm, it was my favorite prayer. Alone in my friend's room, I started praying for my mother and felt the presence of the Lord come into my life and comfort me. I knew I wanted to feel this way always and forever, so I admitted to God that I was a sinner and asked Jesus to come into my life. Jesus was the answer to my prayers. I remember the peace that came over me after I said "Amen." I would no longer need to worry about my life as Jesus would guide me, take care of me, be my Shepard. It has been nearly 50 years since that night. He has watched over me and protected me, rejoiced with me, cried with me, counseled me, guided me, and most of all loved me, a sinner. He loves you too. Just ask him, you'll see.
 
Cindy B.
Before I gave my life to Christ I was consumed with self and worldly things and thoughts. I was at the best time of my life but I was still unhappy. I realized nothing else could make me happy except God. I now have peace and understanding knowing God is in control. My joy comes from God.
 
Cindy F.
Before Christ, I was lonely and insecure; my world was turned upside down because of my parent’s divorce.  My mother brought me to church where I heard the gospel in children’s church.  When I went through the darkest times any child could face, the Holy Spirit brought me peace and comfort.  He continues to do that today.
 
Cindy N.
I went to church but it had no meaning. I was seeking in all the wrong places and had a void in my life. During a special service on a Wednesday night God finally got my full attention and I committed my heart and life to Him. My life is not perfect, but God gives me peace and a purpose. My void has been filled.
 
Cindy R.
I was baptized as a baby as part of the Catholic tradition. I attended a Catholic school, Sunday Mass and confession. I certainly was good enough for heaven – or so I thought. Then, in my late twenties, a fellow employee caught my attention.   saw a happy, positive, content person. She was different, how could she be that way? I wanted what she had. God allowed me to feel that hunger so that I could feel the satisfaction of His presence. In her gracious loving way she introduced me to Jesus. With my spiritual eyes open, life had meaning and hope. God the creator wrote the instruction manual. God’s unconditional love and daily surrender to his instruction manual gives me his power. God’s grace and mercy leads me down the path that he has planned for my life. Nothing happens to me that doesn’t first pass through His hands. God knows what will be and he’s there with me through it all. And if his presence now wasn’t joy enough, God has provided the way to eternity with Him in heaven for those who love Him. Thank God for the security available to anyone who will accept Your free gift.
 
Cindy W.
At 4 months old I was adopted by a Christian couple. They took me to church every time the doors were open. At age eight during Vacation Bible School, I asked Jesus into my heart. As I grew older I did not always live like I was a Christian. I continued to go to church, but I lived life my way. When I was 15 years old, my Dad died. During my last semester at college, our house burned and my Mom died. I was 21 and had two brothers - ages 19 and 14. I felt overwhelmed but I knew God was in control. He provided grandparents, Christian adults, and friends that were just a phone call away. God has richly blessed me. He’s given me a wonderful husband and children. Tough times still come, but God gives me all that I need for the circumstance. He is always there. I look forward to the day when I can be reunited with my parents and grandparents, other family members, and friends. But mostly, I look forward to being with Him in heaven.
 
Cindy Y.
My life was self-centered; I had no uplifting thoughts beyond today and was unhappy.  I attended VBS and learned that there was joy in serving others.  I had a Heavenly, perfect home waiting for me and that unfailing love gave me peace.  I now know that I have eternal life with a loving, loving God who gives me joy in working for His Kingdom.  I have peace in knowing His never-ending love.  I’m happier focusing on the future, rather than the present. 
 
Clay C.
Before giving my life to Christ, I felt empty and without purpose. I was always searching for something to fill the void. I had been attending church regularly and realized that I wanted Christ in my heart forever. I was baptized. I have fullness in my life now and I know Christ lives in my heart. That is a great thing!
 
Colleen N.
I was raised Catholic, so I knew Jesus but did not have a relationship with Him. I didn't go to church much when we moved to Florida. Then I had a friend at work who invited us to church, and by being there I knew God placed us in the right place in the right time. I accepted Christ as my Savior and was baptized too. I now get a chance to teach preschoolers about Jesus and by being in church I have grown spiritually. I have a new relationship with Jesus. God is always here to get me through the rough times and it is not always easy. With Jesus I know I can make it.
 
Connie B.
Before I met Christ, I was living selfishly, without hope or direction.  My husband, (at the time boyfriend) and his family went to church and seemed to have something I didn’t.  Through their example I longed for years for Jesus.  Finally, I gave my life to Jesus and was baptized; I found love like I’ve never known, and the reassurance of eternal life.
 
Courtney V.
Prior to accepting Christ I was afraid of death. I experienced mild anxiety. As far as knowing I was going to heaven I felt in the ball game of life I was getting “base hits” by being good. I was missing the home run. My best friend, Mindy Shepard, brought me to church and invited me to my first youth camp. This is where I met Jesus and began my relationship with Him. If somehow I found out that God was not real (which is absurd), my life would cease to exist. He has given me confidence in life and death, peace and security, love and acceptance. Jesus has given me a passion for missions, evangelism, discipleship, scholarship … LIFE.
 
Craig M.
I have a very close friend that means the world to me - Jesus Christ. As a child I joined my grandparents’ church and became a member just because my friends did. As a teenager something was missing and I tried all kinds of avenues to make myself happy to no avail. God was working on me and when I met my wife she explained how to be right with God. God showed me there was more to life because He sent His Son to die on the cross for my sin. When the pastor gave the call for those who would like to come to God and give up their sinful way, I went forward to receive Christ. I prayed that God would take my sin and show me the ways to walk with his grace and guidance. The day I let Jesus come into my life my whole world changed. I’m a lot happier and my temper is gone. I’m going to heaven to be with Jesus; that makes life a lot easier to take. There are days I fail to do what Jesus has called me to, but He is always there to forgive me when I call on Him. I would love to tell you how you can know my Savior.
 
Crystal A.
I was raised in a Christian home. During my first year of marriage, I began doubting whether I was saved. During the closing invitation one Sunday morning, I felt the Lord lay on my heart heavily that I needed to go forward and speak with the pastor about being sure that I was saved. However, I REALLY did not want to stand in front of all the people at church. My heart raced and my hands trembled. I tried to convince myself to go home and if I still thought I needed to get saved then I would return to church that night. At that moment the pastor said to the congregation, “If the Lord is speaking to you then listen. Don't let the devil try to convince you to make your decision later.” I knew I needed get my life right with God. Since that day I realize that all I am and have is because of God. I am so grateful for his promises in the Bible. They give me strength to carry through daily responsibilities, courage to know that God will provide for me, patience to love people as God loves them, and most importantly His promise of salvation (John 3:16). I know that when I die I will go to Heaven.
 
 
Dana Q.
I used to have a terrible life before Christ entered my heart. I had many bad habits and failed marriages. I found Jesus as my savior. My mother was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia in 1995. Her doctors gave her five years to live but she has lived seventeen years. Jesus has shown me His mercy and grace. I can do all things now through Christ who saved me.
 
Daniel T.
Before I met Jesus, I was scared of dying.  I lived in fear; I had no purpose or peace in my life.  I was raised in church, but it was not until I was a teenager that I realized I was a sinner on my way to hell.  Jesus has given me a heart to follow Him; He has changed my “want to.”  I have a purpose, I have peace, and God has blessed me with a wife that has a heart for the Lord also.
 
Danny T.
Before I accepted Christ, I was an average nine year old boy that did not know about Jesus or that I was a sinner, until I was invited to church.  I went to Royal Ambassadors (Bible study for young boys) with my friend Steve.  After several weeks of hearing about Jesus, my eyes were opened, I saw and understood.  My life was and has been changed forever.  My life now is a constant knowing His presence and conviction of sin, and the freedom of salvation.
 
David D.
I was saved at the age of 14 - Sept 14, 1975, in a small Baptist church. I accepted Christ’s payment for my sins. I have looked back on this event and asked if I was truly saved. After much prayer God has told me that I was. But after high school I joined the Navy and participated in the lifestyle of a sailor. I did not act like a Christian. In my late teens I was deeply wounded, I even became mad at God for not taking away my pain. Sometimes, I could feel His touch. It was like He was asking me to come back. I left Him, but He never left me. Today, He is restoring me and giving me the joy that has been missing in my life. He is showing me how to be the man that He has always wanted me to be. He is showing me His trust and love for me. Now I am an officer in God’s army and I will never turn from the battle again. I am more blessed than I deserve and blessed to be small part of His Glory!
 
Debbie B.
Before Christ, my life was without purpose, was empty, and very incomplete. I moved out of town for six months and during that time I met a Christian who led me to Christ. That move has had a lasting affect on my life. I am more complete, with an abundance of love and joy Jesus' promises bring me.
 
Debbie N.
I was going in the wrong direction in my life and hanging out with the wrong crowd. I was unhappy. I had a family friend tell me that I could not live for both God and the world. I needed to choose one. That was a wake-up call for me. I choose Christ. Since then I have peace, joy, and the promise of heaven. I no longer hang out with the wrong crowd but hang out with Christians instead. I am joyful.
 
Debbie W.
Growing up, I was full of shame, guilt, loneliness, judgment and anger. I felt empty, unloved, and inadequate. I searched for satisfaction and validation from this world through worldly choices. On my first day of college I was given my first New Testament Bible. It was the first time the Word of God seemed like it applied to me. I wanted to be free of my childhood scars that I felt defined me. I wanted to be unconditionally loved. A handful of loving Christians passed through my life over the next several years and I was able to feel God’s love and see God’s blessings in their life. I felt I now had a life manual. I began to understand the knowledge of Christ’s love, sacrifice, and plan for me. Ten years later, I knew I couldn’t continue to live my way while knowing of His way. I surrendered my whole life to Christ. I started living in the light and in the truth. My own flesh no longer controlled me, but I allowed the Holy Spirit within me to guide me. I know that when I die I will go to Heaven, but while I am on Earth, I will live daily with peace, grace and love from my savior, Jesus.
 
Debra D.
One Sunday night as my family and I drove home from church, I knew that Jesus was speaking to my heart. Even though I was a child, there was sin in my life. I could never be good enough on my own. Jesus was what I needed. I asked Him to forgive me of my sins, to be the ruler of my life and to help me live for Him. I was always content with the decision to follow Christ that I had made when I was young. But during a church service in 2003, I felt I needed reassurance of that decision. I once again prayed asking God to rule in my life and help me to live for him. The following Sunday I was baptized. Sometimes life is tough and brings difficulties or sadness, but trusting Christ brings inner peace and joy that cannot be attained otherwise. I am so fortunate to be part of a wonderful church family which has been a blessing to me, my husband and our girls over the years. We treasure their love, support and friendship. Even though I am not perfect, Jesus loves me. He has forgiven me. I have assurance that one day heaven will be my home. That is so amazing!
 
Debra G.
There was a time in my life when I lacked purpose and I was discouraged.  My parents took my brother and me to church and revivals.  I was saved at a young age during a tabernacle (open) revival.  I rely on Jesus totally, through prayer constantly. 
 
Debra M.
I didn’t grow up in church but for a short time I participated in the children’s choir on a military base. Once I had my own transportation as a young adult, I went to church regularly. It felt like a magnet would draw me there. I was looking for a place to fit in and be accepted. One comment that stuck in my mind was: “You need to put God first.” I didn’t understand what that meant. Years passed. I married and moved to Washington DC, where I rode two buses to work. On one of those buses, a girl about my age helped me understand what sin is and how to invite Jesus into my heart and life (Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:8-10, 10:13), which I did. Today, as I read my Bible and learn of God’s promises, I understand it was God drawing me towards Him when I was a child and young adult. I finally feel accepted and with a purpose. More importantly, I know the meaning of putting God first and trusting Him with my life. No matter what trial comes my way, I know that with Jesus, I am never alone. At night, I can rest easy being assured that when I die, I will go to heaven (1 John 5:13).

Diana W.
Before Jesus my life was full of empty promises, from empty things and people; I was going in circles. Then Jesus filled my heart at a youth camp my friend invited me to. Jesus filled my heart so I am no longer searching for empty things to fill my life. I have a life for Christ, for His plan and His will.
 
Donald R.
Before Christ in my life I did whatever I wanted to do. I never considered “What Would Jesus Do.” My son is a pastor. He brought me to hear Pastor Alan at First Baptist Middleburg. I accepted Christ and was baptized. My life is happy now and I know Jesus listens and answers my prayers. He walks with me.
 
Donna K.
I was searching, unhappy and felt depressed before I met Jesus Christ. Many people tried to talk me into doing wrong things. I was listening to my pastor one Sunday morning and he made me feel that I am never alone because Jesus is with me no matter what. Jesus forgave my sins. He taught me that I am an important person and I am loved. I know Jesus will stick by me when people won’t.
 
Donna S.
When I was only nine years old, I understood that I was a sinner. I also understood that the punishment for my sin was eternal separation from God. In the Bible, I read how Jesus took on my punishment when he died on the cross. If I would believe and accept this gift of love, I would no longer be separated from God. As a young girl, I made the best decision of my life when I chose to accept God's gift of salvation, and give my heart and life to him. Since that time, I have lived my life with hope and with purpose. I have made mistakes, but God has never turned his back on me. I have experienced difficult and trying times. Yet, God was always with me seeing me through. God has kept every promise he has made to me, and I have learned to trust him in all things. I'll be 54 soon and I am still a sinner. Though now, I am a sinner who has been saved by grace. My sin no longer stands between me and God. That’s why I know for certain that when I die I will spend eternity in heaven with God.
 
Doreen V.
In high school I had a Christian friend, Clara. She shared with me how important her faith was to her and I realized I had been seeking a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I knew that there were things that I did wrong. I was ashamed and thought God must be very disappointed with me. Why would He want to have a personal relationship with me? I felt so empty. One evening I was reading my Bible and found Romans 7:21-25. It was as though that verse had been written just for me. I bowed in prayer and asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. I confessed my sins according to 1 John 1:9. After I prayed, I no longer felt empty. God promises to never leave me nor forsake me and also to live within me. Over the years my family has had its share of struggles and trials; but, God has always been there to comfort, encourage, and shelter us in the midst of the storms. God has provided us with His grace, mercy, forgiveness, love, peace, and joy. Thank you for allowing me to share with you the most important thing in my life -- my faith in Jesus Christ.
 
Dot M.
Although I was introduced to the Lord as a child, we never had a continuing relationship beyond nightly prayers. I remained selfish and led a totally self-centered existence. God was faithful, however, and with the birth of our third child, He succeeded in getting my attention. Our multiply-handicapped son soon taught me that Jesus was real and present to help guide our lives. The most difficult decisions became clear and the hardest times became easy. I was able to cope with our son’s needs and also help others with similar problems. When our daughter and her husband took us to their church, it was like returning to my childhood friend. I came face to face with the Shepherd who was supporting my life. his time I knew what to do. I shall spend the remainder of my life thanking and praising my Lord and anticipating with peace and joy eternity in heaven with my creator.
 
Doug B.
Prior to knowing Jesus, my life was all about drugs, alcohol, partying, infidelity, and loneliness. I was separated from my wife. My brother-in-law shared Jesus with me. I now have purpose, a beautiful family, and fulfillment without drugs or alcohol. I’m living an abundant life and I’m a Christian example for my family and friends.
 
 
Eloise B.
Before Christ, I could do it myself, I was in control.  Things happened that I could not control or change, so I remembered my mothers’ and sisters’ faith and who they trusted when life was difficult.  I gave control to Jesus and had peace, not the end of troubles.
 
Eve Z.
Some of my earliest memories are about being in church. It was an integral part of my life growing up, and I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior at a very young age. However, as a rebellious teen dealing with a broken home, and finding my own way in life I strayed from God. It was 13 long years later when I knew that nothing I was doing was working that God met this 30-year-old divorced single mother waiting to call on Him until her lowest point and placed me back in the midst of a loving, Bible-believing church family, and on a path of sincerely walking with Christ and growing and serving Him. Unfortunately, some years later I again for a brief time found myself outside of God's will and in a place where a dear relationship had been affected. Fortunately, it did not take me 13 years this time to seek forgiveness and through God's grace receive redemption and restoration of my soul with Christ, but with the person whose relationship I hold so dear. I praise a God who never leaves me even when I fail Him. Won't you let me tell you how you can know Him too?
 
Evonne M.
I had a pretty rough childhood. When I was 17, we attended FBC of downtown, Jax. There I learned more about the Lord, memorized scripture each week, and prayed. I received visitors from the church to our home and was asked if I died today did I know "for sure" that I would go to heaven. I answered hesitantly because I wasn't sure, but that day I accepted Christ as my Savior. As I grew into adulthood I slowly began drifting away from God. God kept working on me, sending people into my life and I rededicated my life to Christ when I was 28 and a single mother of two. My life has been changed ever since that day, praise God. He has blessed me with a wonderful husband and 5 more children. He has healed me from so much heartache in my life and given me His peace. The most important thing that I have come to know is that no matter how many times I fail Him He is always right there to help me back up and put me back on track. I have come to trust in Him at all times and in every circumstance and cherish each day as a gift.
 
 
Francis L.
My life used to be hectic, chaotic. I felt overwhelmed with the little things in life. My daughter asked me why we didn’t go to church. We then started attending church. I accepted Christ. Since then I have inner peace. I know that things happen for a reason. I don’t question or doubt what happens in my life because I know Jesus is guiding me into making the right decisions.
Fred M.
Raised by a Protestant mother until I was 14 years old and taught that God was a tyrannical punisher, I lived my life without a God of my understanding. I went through the Viet Nam war as a non-believer and was addicted to alcohol and drugs. I quit drinking in 1983 and found God at a Promise Keepers conference in 1995 at age 50. I gave my life to Jesus Christ and now know the wonder of His love. I turned my back on God for 36 years but He never gave up on me. God has blessed me with a wonderful wife, 3 great daughters, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. I have experienced a medical miracle and survived several other medical events that should have killed me. I know I owe all to Jesus Christ and look forward to eternity with Him.
 
Freda H.
My life before Christ was that I went to church from birth because I was made to go by my parents. I am just going to say that I am very thankful for this. I came to know Christ after the movie "The Hiding Place." That night my Mother led me to Christ. Since then God and my Church Family have always been a big part of my life. FBCM has become my "Home Church" and God has taught me that He can use me wherever I live or wherever I go. I will say there have been times that I have left God, but as a Christian I can say that God has NEVER left me. I seek God's guidance every day through prayer and daily devotion. It is comforting to know that "through" God and "with" God I have the confidence I need to face challenges that come my way. I will never say No to God and will serve him in any way I can for as long as I live or until I meet Him in the air.
 
 
Gary C.
I got dunked at an early age and was a church kid until I was able to make my own decision. Then I spent most of my time in and out of church until the age of 34 when my family and I joined this church. I also started working for the church that same year. In the first three years at the church, I saw my son and wife get saved. I worked with youth and then worked in children’s church. After joining the church, I was battling my salvation. God showed me that my walk wasn’t right but I let my pride get in the way. I thought what will people say about me? I was a teacher and I worked for the church as the Facilities Manager. Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore. I knew I was living a lie. I dropped to my knees on a Saturday night and accepted Jesus into my heart. On Sunday, I walked down the aisle and felt a big weight lifted off of me and thanked Jesus for saving me. My prayer is that kids and adults will have assurance of their salvation and not struggle as I did.
 
Gary W.
My life before Jesus was that I knew that there was something out there bigger than life and more important than my life. The things that I thought about were extremely vicious. How I came to know Christ was through a bus ministry at Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville. The first message I heard there was about Satan (the devil). That was enough to convince me to ask Jesus to become my personal Savior. Jesus has given me hope, joy, comfort, and my place in heaven. I have a desire to live according to the Bible. I have a father God through Jesus that I can talk to in the scariest, high pressure, and confusing moments of my life. He hears me and gives me the answers that I need. I have no concerns about the future. I have a Jesus that died for me. I have a father God that has a place in heaven for me. I have the Holy Spirit that lives inside of me ready to help me out.
 
Gayle B.
Before I met Christ, I was lost and alone. I felt that no one loved me. I went to a summer Bible study at Ridgecrest, NC. There I accepted Christ as my Savior. On the way home, my sisters and I were in a bad car accident. I now know that I am loved and that I will go to heaven when I die. Christ loved me first.
 
Geneva A.
Things were pretty uneventful in life of 17-year-old girl, growing up in a small town in Arkansas. Until one night a couple of friends and I were invited to attend a revival meeting. That night, my two friends went forward and dedicated their lives. That’s when I realized they had something I did not have. They had Jesus, I did not. I had never committed my life to the Lord and I was not ready this night. However, after a sleepless night and much contemplating I decided to go back the next night, this night two people came forward the town drunk and me. Even though I was never involved in drugs and alcohol I felt just as sinful as this poor man. My sins were as filthy rags, I gave my heart to Jesus and it's like the song says He touched me and now I’m no longer the same.
 
Geoff M.
I have always been in church. As a 10-year-old, I understood that Jesus died on the cross to save me from my sins, and I can still remember my hymn of decision, "I Surrender All". That's my life song, do I surrender All to Him ... my work, my thoughts, my marriage, the music ability He's given me? Having Jesus in my heart gives my life purpose. Because He lives, I can face tomorrow and all fear is gone. He alone holds the future in His hands. He has saved me by His grace, and He has guaranteed a place for me in His glorious heaven. Still, I ask ... do I surrender all to Him who gives me eternal life?
 
George J.
I’ve searched for personal fulfillment and acceptance most of my life. I take pride in what I have accomplished. I loved the spotlight and being the center of attention. Humility was NOT in my vocabulary. I opened many successful restaurants with much fanfare. But with this came a flamboyant lifestyle, which was a crippling factor to my family and me. I had a great family, good health, and thriving businesses, but my personal choices almost destroyed me and everyone I loved. Even with all the accolades, something just wasn't right. My life was an empty shell. I was baptized at FBCM in 1978 but had drifted away from God. My wife was praying for my return. Two years ago I attended a service at her request. (She had MANY requests!!) I rededicated my life to our Lord and have been forever changed. Instead of looking for self-glory, I give God the glory. As Pastor Alan feeds us faith, hope and love, I know I am being fed as I do God's will by feeding His people. I am talented at and truly enjoy cooking. I no longer seek the "pat on the back," the spot light, or the attention. None of my past accomplishments compare to the fulfillment I now have in serving my Lord and Savior.
 
Ginger B.
As a child I went to church on and off and as a young teen was very involved and was saved. A year later, we stopped going again, not by my choice. Although, I always had the desire to return to church, I never did. I would occasionally search for a new church home, but it never felt right. A year ago, I was going through a serious struggle in my life. I was very depressed and felt so alone. I finally realized I needed God. He was the only one that could make things right, I was just too stubborn to realize it. I drove by FBCM daily and noticed all the teens there and it brought back memories of my wonderful experience in church. So I went and I haven’t missed a Sunday since. I found God again in this church and I feel His spirit there every week. God changed my life and gave me a new life, a wonderful life full of joy. There will always be problems, but with Jesus by my side, it’s so much easier to deal with them. It is so comforting to know I will live forever with Him in heaven.
  
Glenda C.
My life before Christ lacked purpose and inner peace. Life was good when things were going well but when problems arose my world fell apart. I accepted Jesus as my Savior and Lord at the age of thirteen. I knew that God loved me and watched over me but I really didn’t know much else. At college I found myself questioning my beliefs. I met my husband and we started attending church. I began to learn all about God and what eternal life really meant. Prayer became a part of my daily life but I continued to try to control my world. I read my Bible as often as possible and realized that being a Christian involved a commitment to Him to trust and obey Him and to allow Him to control every aspect of my life. I rededicated my life to Jesus and followed through with believer’s baptism. I began giving him my all and suddenly I felt such an incredible peace. Today I faithfully pray about every aspect of my life and talk with Him daily. I still have problems but knowing His grace enables me to deal more positively with life’s difficulties. I know he is in control and he loves me. I no longer fear death because I know I will live forever with Jesus.
 
Glenn S.
I attended church as a young boy; however, my family drifted away from church and eventually stopped attending. For many years, I searched for happiness through alcohol and numerous other sins, but the happiness that I found was always short lived and always led to more sin. I believed in God and I knew what I was doing was wrong. Eventually, after meeting my wife and starting a family, we began to attend First Baptist Church of Middleburg and immediately felt like we were where we needed to be. Not long after that, my wife, son and I were baptized together and I finally realized what it truly meant to be a Christian. Now when I look back on the past, I realize how much I have missed by not following Jesus sooner. God has given me peace in my life that I never had before and that peace is there in good times or bad. He has shown me that He will provide all that my family needs and each day I am amazed at what I see Him do in and through our lives. My walk with the Lord continues to grow stronger with each step of faith that I take and living in His will is where I seek to be.
 
Guy R.
My life had no joy, no peace, and no purpose.  I did not know where to turn, I was full of hate and anger. I was invited to church.  I had a life changing experience at 35 years of age.  I found peace and joy.  Christ gives me peace and joy.  I have the promise of heaven and fellowship with God daily even after 38 years of knowing Jesus. 
 
 
 
Harold C.
Like most children of a religious family, I attended Sunday school and church in a small Georgia town. At age eight, my family moved to Atlanta. An incident there discouraged me from church activity. After marrying, my wife wanted to attend church, but we never attended on a regular basis. Our jobs required frequent travel and several transfers. The day after Christmas 2006, my wife became very ill and was in ICU on a ventilator for nearly 2 weeks. Doctors expressed little hope for her recovery. The pastor at my son’s church came to the hospital. I had an opportunity to talk with the pastor privately. His sobering, straightforward advice started me thinking about my own status. We consider my wife's recovery a miracle brought about by GOD's grace through the prayers of the staff and members of that church. We began attending services in August 2006. Thanks to the special prayers and support of many, I accepted Christ as my Savior at age 79. On November 19, 2006, my granddaughter and I were baptized together.
 
Helena C.
I was always trying to fill the void in my life before Christ. I had suffered great pain as a child. My life was filled with turmoil, devastation and bad choices. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior remembering what I had been taught as a child. I thank God for sending me His Son who forgives me. I now have an intimate personal relationship with my Father God Almighty. He is continuing to lead, guide, and direct my life for His honor, glory, and purpose.
 
Holly B.
Summer 1974, age 8 and living in the middle of NOWHERE with no friends or neighbors around, I was beside myself when I found out a family was moving to the property next to ours. Even better was the fact that their daughter was only 4 days older than me! With all that, there was still something more drawing me to this family. By the time school started that Fall, I was inseparable with the neighbors at their house, at their church, and then at their school, University Christian. It was while I was in the 5th grade, after a Wednesday morning chapel service, that I asked my teacher to help lead me to Christ. While I continued my education at UCS, my life at home continued as it always had - watching everything I did as not to upset my Mom. Sometimes it worked, sometimes...well. Looking back and talking recently with people who knew me growing up, I realize that God was always with me, guiding me, directing me, and even holding and protecting me. I am no longer afraid of leaving this world because I know that I will be living with Jesus in Heaven. No more fear, only peace!
 
Hollyanne L.
I grew up in a Christian home.  I was baptized at the age of nine, continued in church until adulthood.  I was attending a witnessing class here at FBCM and did a role play to show how to witness.  I was the one the facilitator witnessed to, that was truly the time that I came to know Jesus in my heart.  I have worked in the secular world for many years.  I have been a Ministry Assistant here at FBCM for nearly 14 years.  It has been a great job, there have been struggles even working at a church, but God has gotten me through them.
 
 
Imogene B.
I was brought up in a church that preached the gospel. My wonderful mother and pastor led me to the Lord at ten years of age, explaining my responsibility to serve him all my life. I married George L. Boyd. The Lord did not give us children, so I decided to teach Sunday School to teenage boys and girls. I required them to memorize three chapters of the Bible: John 3, Romans 3 and Galatians 3. By doing so they won a trip to a Christian Camp on Lake Erie. Several won the prize and went to camp. Many of my students are now in missions, preaching and other Christian work. After all these years, I still keep in touch with my former students. They will call me for prayer and tell me how the teaching is still with them to this day. What a blessing God has given me. The Lord never lets us down. First Baptist Middleburg will help you to do God’s will. We are your friends and we will help you in your quest for peace.
 
 
J.  M.
Before Christ, I was depressed, deprived and devalued.  My stepfather witnessed to me and gave me my first Bible.  I read it cover to cover; my eyes and heart were opened.  Christ has brought me peace, understanding and love.  

J. P.
Before Christ I was uncaring and I did not know what to believe. I was in a state of confusion. When I saw my family all come together through God I talked to my pastor and came to the instant realization that I needed God. I got saved and now am working on getting my life together. God is working in my life and others around me constantly.
 
Jack J.
I had no father because my parents were divorced. I was discouraged and uncertain about what life had to offer. At a revival, Dr. John McGuire preached of hell and how I could avoid it if I knew Jesus. I learned that I would always have a Father – a heavenly father. At the age of nine, you wouldn’t think that I had problems. But, when I accepted Jesus, it felt like the world was lifted off of me. I now have a Father and the promise of heaven. I have a peace that is always with me.
 
Jackie B.
As a young adult, I strayed, complaining, not happy or content with life.  My mother would call and kept reminding me that Jesus was the answer.  My mother took me to church and I met friends.  I started going back to church and was happier with my Christian family and friends.  I have peace, patience, love and forgiveness.
 
Jacob B.
I felt I had to do everything by myself or it would not be done, and I found my life unsatisfying. My life was in turmoil and I was just constantly breaking down. Finally, I totally broke down and said, “I can't do it alone”. I asked God for help. Now I have someone to look to when I need help and my life is more structured.
 
Jake J.
I was just living my life. No purpose. I didn’t know why I was here. When I was about eight years old I went to Vacation Bible School. I heard about Jesus and how much He loves me. That night I accepted Jesus into my life with my dad. I try and live my life for God every day. He has kept me from bad experiences and I thank Him for that.
 
James C.
My life was lacking peace, joy, and love. I was lonely, angry, and afraid to believe in anything or anyone to always be there. Someone introduced me to the truth of Jesus Christ. I knew about Jesus, but considered Him a man I had to hear about in Catholic Church when I was little. As a child, I knew He was why I got presents at Christmas. I began to read the Bible; I started in the book of John and thought to myself - why did everyone hate this man and I felt like I knew Him? I thought, “is He actually speaking to ME?” I learned that I needed Him more in my life than I really thought. I began a walk to God in June 2010, and have found Him to be the best friend anyone could ever have. He’s someone I could trust and have listen to me whenever I needed. My struggles with my divorce, the pains and loneliness and fear of being alone, He is always there. My personal relationship with God has made me understand, that I'm going down that long road with Him and I will see Him in heaven. I would ask anyone reading this to believe in God, because He loves us.
 
James M.
Raised in an alcoholic dysfunctional home, I became quite independent at a very young age. I helped raise my siblings and worked away from home as early as 10 years of age and basically supported myself from the age of 13 years. I joined the army and afterwards got married and had two wonderful children. Then on Sept 21, 1989 the fourth miracle happened to me. The Lord our God reached through all the crud and corruption and touched me. This miracle I actually asked for. While I was yet a sinner He touched me. I still live in the flesh, but of my salvation, I have no doubt. I can't wait for the next day to dawn, because every day He reveals something new. When the student is ready the teacher will appear. Praise the Lord.
 
James N.
I accepted Christ at 17. I headed off to live my Christian life. By 1991 I had made a mess of things. I joined Calvary Baptist Church faithfully serving God for three years. In 1994 I left the church. I became a back-sliding Christian. In December, while hunting in Georgia, my 10-year-old daughter was killed in a four-wheeler accident. Four months later my middle daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I WAS MAD AT GOD, CRAZY WITH GRIEF! I spent the next 6 years and 10 months miserable. I blamed God for the death of Jamie. I rejected God instead of embracing God. Now I have lost almost everything: job, career, health, my daughter. My heart felt empty or so I thought. Two months ago it seemed like the whole world was on my shoulders! I was weighted down with my sins and worries of the world. I felt: either REPENT or die (this was serious folks). Then God just KICKED the rug out from under me. I fell to my knees. I became overflowing with the Holy Spirit. I asked for forgiveness. I rededicated my life right there on the floor of my shower. I now have peace, love, and joy in my heart. I am ready to serve God forever. 1 John 4:4.
 
James Y.
I was not a real bad guy when I got saved, but I still had problems like everyone else. I was in church off and on up to 11th grade. In my junior year of high school, with hopes of getting football or wrestling scholarships to attend college, I severely hurt my shoulder. Not being able to go to any sports camps, I went to my first church camp where I accepted Jesus into my heart. The next day I was given assurance that my salvation was real by having the privilege of leading two young children to Christ through my new given testimony. Unfortunately it took me two full years to surrender my life to God. I had given my virginity away along with drinking and partying that led to lots of pain for those two years. However; God reminded me in a sermon that He had a better future in store for me that required my complete surrender to Him. I have had opportunities to share the love of Jesus with many people since then and am currently in a Christian school to be a pastor. I never experienced true joy until I was given the amazing assurance of going to Heaven and until I surrendered my whole life to Him.
 
Jami T.
My life before Christ included many bad choices. I was not really enjoying life, I was just going along. After losing my aunt in January, my Mom and I wanted to get closer to God. I asked Him into my heart and now I have a reason for living a Godly life – I will meet God one day. I am so thankful to have God in my life.
 
Jan G.
Before meeting Christ, I had nowhere to turn and no one that would listen. I didn’t have a faithful friend that I could lean on or trust. Now that I have Jesus in my life He’s always there. In my darkest hour or in my celebration of joy, He is always there and He never gives up on me. I have hope and trust in someone I can depend on 100 percent. What a friend I have in Jesus!
 
Jan P.
I have always gone to church. It is a way of life. I became a Christian at the age of nine. Christ has provided me with strength and power to live each day to its fullest. Always striving to minister to those that cross my path, letting them see Jesus in me and feel His love in everything I say and do. Even as I traveled down some dark valleys and deep troubled waters, I always had the love of Jesus to guide me thru so those around me could see Jesus in my life. As a young girl, I felt the Lord calling me to be a missionary, but circumstances prevented me from leaving home. As I grew older, I realized that I had been on a mission trip all my life. It was right outside my door. My neighbor, my community, and those I meet. I want the assurance that everyone I come in contact with will see the love of Jesus in my life. I will do everything in my power to take all my loved ones to heaven by seeing that they know Jesus and accept Christ as their personal Savior.
 
Jane W.
Before Christ I was unhappy, lost, and with no purpose. I grew up in a home with alcoholic parents. Fortunately, I had my grandfather who was my hero and my witness.  My grandfather took me to church and Vacation Bible School as a young child. When I was a teenager, my Sunday School teacher led me to Christ. Now I have peace and a desire to sing praises. I recently joined the church choir.  The worship ministry is really blessing me and I am growing in Christ.
 
Janet M.
I was 24 years old .I knew God and Jesus as I had gone to church many times. But I did not know that without accepting his gift of eternal life I was lost. I was eight months pregnant at the time, a time of reflection - I was now not only responsible for myself but for a new life. I think it made me more receptive. I came to a personal relationship with Christ and it changed my life. My life’s not always easy but when it’s rough I can run to that strong tower which is the Lord. God is good. I have brought my children up in an environment where Christ is first and all three of my sons came to know the Lord as their personal Savior. God is good!
 
Janice E.
I did not come from a Christian home. There was domestic violence. Even this day I do not like to talk about it. I was saved around 9 years of age. I was invited to attend a church that had a bus to come around and pick up kids. From the very first time I visited the church I knew I needed Jesus. Growing up I did not have the encouragement that I needed to stay in church. After I got married, I started going to church again because I felt like something was missing. I rededicated my life and felt that God was very loving and forgiving. Since that time, I know I have made mistakes, but I know God has never turned his back. I have looked never back, only forward when I know one day I will see Jesus face to face. Every time the devil reminds me of my past. I remind the devil of his future.
 
Jarrad S.
Before Christ in my life I was careless and immature. I was the only one who mattered. I did not have a good relationship with my parents. I had a hard heart. I used people. I was going to lose everything and everyone important in my life. I came to a crossroads. I accepted Christ in my life. This changed who I am. How I treat people. I have a much softer heart. Christ is the only one that has filled the void in my heart.
 
Jason H.
I grew up going to Church and God was a big part of our family life. I was about 6 years old when I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. At the age of 14 years, my father passed away and I began hanging with the wrong type of people, doing things I knew was not Christian like. I am 51 years old now, and I have lived most of my life living in sin (drinking, drugs, i.e. ). In March of 2008, I was struck by a car while I was working and it almost killed me but by the grace of God, I survived. This was an eye opener for me, so I started going to church at FBC Middleburg. I started associating with other church members, praying every day, and studying the Bible. I found that the Lord started helping me with everyday situations. My wife and daughter noticed the change in me, and they also started going to church with me. In April 2009, my wife and I were baptized at "The Day at the Beach" Kingsley Lake. My wife and I both know without a doubt, that when we die, we will go to Heaven and be with Jesus and all of our loved ones. What a glorious day that will be.
 
Jean M.
Before I accepted Christ, I wasn’t sure I would go to heaven. After being in Sunday School and church for many years, I prayed that Christ Jesus would save me and take me to heaven. Jesus has been my guide throughout life. I am assured of his peace, and know I will live with him forever.
 
Jeff E.
I grew up having to attend church but really did not understand it. Went through the Methodist Confirmation class as all teenagers did but did not have Jesus in my heart. I fell away from church and Jesus until after I was married. The pastor from the church that we attended came over to the house and we talked and I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I have been looking forward ever since. Don't get me wrong, Satan has tripped me up several times but I just have to remember that Jesus is the only way to Heaven. God has been good to me and my wife on a daily basis and we enjoy His blessings. You too can have the same blessing and joy in life.
 
Jeff S.
I was discouraged and anxious, because I tried to rely on my own strength to live my life.  I fought feelings of worthlessness and depression.  I often felt frustrated and angry.  When I was 19, I realized that my “conversion” as a child had not been authentic.  I came to know Christ in a personal way.  He led me to my wife and my life was forever made better.  My walk has been sketchy over those years, but in the last two years God has worked on my heart in a major way.  He has given me purpose, direction, and most of all, strength and confidence.
 
Jennifer D.
I grew up in a Christian home, attended church, accepted Christ and was baptized at a young age. But my relationship with Christ was lukewarm until college. God is good. He drew me back to Himself and I rededicated my life to Him. My relationship with the Lord continues to grow to this day. He has protected me and grown me even through the time I went my own way.
 
Jennifer J.
My story is simple, but it has forever changed me. I was taught about Jesus from a very young age; church has always been a part of my life. During my elementary school years, my mom was the secretary of the church we attended. A lot of my time was spent at church both on Sundays and throughout the week. As I grew older, I began to realize that knowing about Jesus and personally asking Him to be my Savior and forgiving me of my sin were two different things. One day while waiting for Mom to finish work, I straightened up the tracts in the foyer. They always intrigued me. Mom said I could take one home to read. So I did and decided to give my life to Christ. I was 12 years old and excited to know for sure that I was going to spend eternity in heaven with Jesus. Afterward, my life was not drastically different, but I have peace in knowing that Jesus saved me from the punishment I deserved as a sinner and in exchange gave me eternal life with Him. I then told everyone I knew, followed through with Believer’s baptism, and now strive to maintain a close relationship with Him.
 
Jeri H.
Before Jesus, my life was lonely an empty.  I was a child alone without a family.  A pastor and neighbor took me to church as a child, I accepted Jesus when I was 12 years old.  My life since I met Jesus includes family and friends.
 
Jerry B.
I was a lost teen searching for acceptance. My friend, who was a Christian, asked me to church. Although I had been to church many times, this time I truly accepted Christ. Now, instead of writing poems of questionable subject matter prior to Jesus, I write songs and poems praising God. I don’t need acceptance from people. Jesus has accepted me. I have great love, peace and compassion.
 
Jerry G.
I grew up in church as my dad is a pastor. I was just going through the motions of knowing Jesus. I went to church camp as a teenager and God showed me what it was to know Him. I have had many hard times but always have the confidence that God is always with me.
 
Jessica C.
I was lost and felt like my life had no meaning or purpose before I met Christ. My decisions had no consequences or meaning. I had a life-changing encounter when my friends invited me to church and I attended church camp. On June 11, 2001, I came to know Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. He has given my life meaning – everything I do has meaning and purpose. Jesus gives me peace through good and bad times.
 
Jessica L.
Before I found Jesus I had no friends or ambition. I had no idea who I was. I was living in fear. I had to see a therapist and quit my bad lifestyle. I went on a mission trip to Georgia and was led to the Lord by my youth pastor. I could not live without God anymore. I craved His love and gave Him my heart. Now I live an amazing life.
 
Jianni S.
I began experimenting with drugs at age 11. I joined the military to get away from drugs and found alcohol. I always had alcohol or drugs to ease my pain. Twelve years ago, my children took the bus to church on Sunday. After hearing my kids tell me I should go to church for several months, I decided to go one Sunday. That day, I opened my heart and allowed the Lord to come in. Later, my wife lost her mind to the point that she didn’t know who I was. She stayed in the hospital for a month. We had a lot of people praying for us. After a month, we found out what it was and she was cured instantly. This drew me closer to God. Then, I went almost 9 months without work. All I could do was pray. God would provide a small side job that would pay the bills. I thank him for the good and the bad even if I don’t understand it. My anger has subsided and I have been sober for five years. He gave His life for me and I cannot wait until the day I see God in heaven. 
 
Jim C.
Growing up Catholic, my family was religious but had no real knowledge of faith in God or salvation through Jesus Christ. After marriage, my wife attended a Bible study and took the children to a Christian church. I wasn’t comfortable not knowing what they were learning. We agreed to start attending my church as long as I went too, but I had problems keeping this commitment. A short time later, the building that housed our business completely collapsed. We were devastated. The church my wife and children had attended brought meals to our home, offered us church funds, and prayed with us. The church learned I play an instrument and asked me to “fill-in” when needed. I reluctantly agreed. I got the call that they needed me for their Christmas Eve service. It was during this service “the blinders came off.” I understood now! I was hooked. I learned I could have a real relationship with God and how true faith in action works. God has continued His good work in me, teaching me to let go of my “stuff” and focus on what is important to Him. As painful as that can be some days, I know that God always turns what looks like defeat into victory. Knowing that my family and I will all be in heaven some day is worth it all.
 
Jim D.
I was 23 when I accepted Christ as my Savior. I was driving down San Jose Avenue thinking about death. I was a good person but for a 23-year-old, I had seen a lot of death: went on a tour of duty with the Marines in Vietnam, was with my 13-year-old brother when he died, and lost many friends in the war. It was hard to accept these losses. Then God spoke to my heart. I felt the sorrow that the Father must have felt when his Son was dying on the cross. Although I had heard the story of the cross many times, I never felt like I did then. I knew it was my sin that caused his son to suffer death. I pulled off of the road and broke down in tears saying out loud how sorry I was that this had happened and please forgive me of all my sins. This feeling has never left me. I began to understand how much God loves me. It’s more than just being forgiven; it’s not wanting to cause the Father any more pain. I don’t know all the things He wants me to do, but with Christ in my heart, I know what the right thing is. Sorrow is replaced with happiness.
 
Jim D.
Raised in a Christian home, I always attended church and Sunday School. As a result, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior while in the 6th grade. Unlike many young Christian adults, I never strayed away from church during my high school or college years. While living all throughout the country, it has always been a priority to find a church home upon moving to a new community. Unfortunately, life has thrown me several wicked "curveballs". Some of these issues have been health-related, job-related, and personal. However, none of them has caused me to waver in my faith towards God and Jesus. God has always provided for my needs. My life verse is Jeremiah 29:11 that says, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Living a life of hope has always been my goal. My motto is to "deal with reality". What a comforting reality it is to know that Jesus promises my future to be in heaven whenever my time on earth ends.
 
Jim G.
It’s hard to remember the time in my life before I knew Christ. As a child I attended church, asked Jesus into my heart at age eight, and always tried to be a good kid. During my teen years, I didn’t attend church regularly and fell into a secret addiction (pornography). I held to my core Christian beliefs through early adulthood, but did not grow spiritually. I rarely prayed, read the Bible, or attended church. The addiction was a cancer to my marriage and family. It caused much pain, but I couldn’t break it. My wife and I decided to go to church. God spoke to me through the messages and small group Bible study. I developed strong relationships with Christian friends and grew spiritually. Through Jesus I overcame my addiction. With Christ’s help, I’m freed from the sin which bound me for eighteen years. I understand Jesus in John 10:10 - He came to give us life to the fullest. I have developed a rich, real relationship with my Savior. He speaks to me through daily prayer and Bible study, and I have God’s peace that passes understanding which sustains me in tough times. Jesus changed my life; He can change yours. Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins. I know when I die, I will go to Heaven.
 
Jim R.
I was born into a Christian home - always attended church and Sunday in a small church with hand fans and no AC!! At age 10 I attended a Southern Baptist tent revival where I came under deep conviction and came to know Jesus. At that point I even became a better student in school. I now feel conviction upon sinning and ask for His forgiveness. I know He answers my prayers and has been good to me. He led us to a great church and many friends when we came to Florida. I know that when I die, I will go to heaven where I will be reunited with my oldest brother who was always my role model.
 
Jim S.
I was born into a Christian home and went to church; however, at the age of 2 I came down with strep throat and it almost killed me. Even though I survived I now had a disability to live with for the rest of my life. At the age of 8 I was bitter about my disability. I was a good athlete growing up however always wondered why God made me this way and what I could be without this disability. However the Lord had other plans for me and at the age of 26 I surrendered my life to His Will. I realize now that he made me this way for a reason and I may never know what that reason is this side of heaven. I Thank God every day for the things that he has given me and the blessings in my life. Even though my disability has presented challenges at times I know he is with me. I try to live the life the Lord has for me and I trust in him and look for his guidance in everything. I live life to the fullest and always try to live for God. He has blessed me behind anything I expected.
 
Joan M.
I was raised in a Christian home. I accepted Jesus as my Savior at the age of 12. Since that time it hasn't been an easy road to travel. I was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 1992 and was told I had 2-5 years to live. God is not through with me. He is keeping me here on this earth for a reason. I have used some of this time to help other people diagnosed with cancer to understand they aren't alone. God has seen me through many times when the cancer came back and with his help I am a stronger Christian. I thank God for every day he has given me on this earth and I am ready when he calls me home. My favorite verse is: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. You too can do anything if you ask Christ into your life and follow Him.
 
Joan S.
Without Christ in my life I had trouble making decisions. I was insecure and frightened of the future. My best friend invited me to church where I became aware that Christ died for my sins. After having a life-changing encounter with Christ, I now have strength, purpose, and a peace passing all understanding.
 
Joe B.
My life before Christ: I had a lack of caring, I drank, it was all about me and what I could get.  My grandmother brought me to church since I was a child, while my parents were into drinking and drugs.  When my son was born five years ago, I made a decision to not raise my child like I was.  I want to be the husband and father that loves Christ!  It is amazing that people can see Christ in me.  I’m very thankful that Christ has saved me.
 
Jodi S.
I was not brought up in a Christian home. My father was a very abusive alcoholic My mother on the other hand was loving and believed in Jesus, but my father didn't let her attend church. They divorced when I was 10 and my mother and I moved to Florida from Pennsylvania. When I was around 8 years old, the Baptist church sent their bus around to the trailer parks to pick up the children, so my friend and I decided to go. Since then I had always prayed but never gave my life to Christ. God started working on my husband and me about 8 years ago but at that time we didn't continue to seek Him. About four years ago we felt God calling us. We started attending First Baptist Church of Middleburg in May 2007 and I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior in June 2007. Since then Christ has chosen both my husband and I to teach 2nd grade Sunday school and we feel so blessed because it has brought so much joy into our lives. Christ has taught me to forgive those that have hurt me and to move on from the pain. I no longer hold on to the pain; instead I’m filled with happiness and the joy of walking with Christ.
 
John G.
My life before Christ was an unfulfilling walk in the darkness and evil of the world. The sins I was committing kept me from achieving more in life. I was dead in sin and merely existing in this world. I met Christ through the fellowship of my wife. I observed her example and way she lived her life. I started attending church on a regular basis and began living a better life. I started reading the Bible and focused intently on the words of Christ as written in Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John. Knowing Christ and being reborn in faith, has brought about wonderful blessings and a new purpose. Knowing Christ has given me strength in knowing I am never alone and the power to know that in Christ all things are possible. As a Christian, I know that death in this physical world is but a new beginning. As with all Christians, we will be a part of a great reunion in heaven and a purpose to be fulfilled that God is preparing us for.
 
John P.
I was raised in a Christian home and at the age of 11 I realized that I was a sinner and that I needed Jesus as the Lord of my life. As I grew up and went on to college and joined the military I got so busy with life that God was no longer my highest priority and I was not living for him. I went through a devastating divorce and lost my family, my home, and my financial security. At the lowest point in my life God forgave me for drifting away from Him. I surrendered my life to Him completely and He restored the joy to my life that had been stripped away by the business of life. He has blessed me in so many ways that I cannot begin to list them all here. I know that Jesus died for my sins. He rose again and He is the Lord of my life. I know that when I die, I will spend eternity with Him in Heaven. I would like to share more about how the Lord helped me recover from divorce with anyone who is struggling in that area. Please contact the church office for information on our DivorceCare class that meets weekly at FBC Middleburg.
 
Justin H.
My whole life I believed the lie that if you have enough friends, then you will truly be happy and at peace. At the age of 15, I accepted Jesus Christ when He convicted me at a Wednesday night service that I needed a relationship with Him. I began to walk with Him, but I soon turned away. Throughout my high school and early college years, I worshiped the approval of people more than the approval of God. I began to party and drink every weekend forgetting my relationship with Him. In those 4 years, I had more friends than I knew what to do with. Everything on the outside looked great, but inside I was full of fear, depression, and anxiety. My mind was never at peace. As I fell asleep one night, I was so full of anxiety that I prayed and cried out to God for help. Instantly He calmed the storm that was raging in my mind and set me in total peace. That night I slept the best I had ever slept in 5 years. By His mercy and unfailing love He forgave me of all my sin. He has given me joy unspeakable and peace that passes all understanding. Now I glorify Him and my life is full of purpose and meaning. My life would be nothing without Him.
 
Jonathan M.
As a boy, I tried hard to please my parents and God. Selfishness often led to disappointment and failure. In a church service, I came to understand “without faith it is impossible to please God.” I put my faith in Jesus Christ and my life changed forever. Now I have peace and strength in knowing I’m forgiven. I can serve God and please him by no longer living for myself, but for others.
 
Joy M.
I didn’t have peace of mind before I accepted Christ. I was brought to Christ when my child was in the hospital. I felt like God was using this circumstance to get through to me. Christ fills the empty place in me. He opened my heart and eyes. He answers my prayers. He’s always there. He uses me to support others when they are weak and have needs in their lives.
 
Joyce H.
Before I accepted Christ I was broken-hearted. I saw a stained glass window of Jesus and scripture which was Matthew 12:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Wow. That scripture was about being heavy-burdened. I have been in church every week since then and I am sixty four years old. Since accepting Christ I have peace and joy and a love for others.
 
Joyce W.
I grew up as a missionary’s kid. I did not get into trouble, yet I was still a sinner. At age seven, I recognized my need of Jesus as my Savior and asked him into my heart. Later, as a teenager, I rededicated my life to Jesus. As I have grown up, Jesus has brought me purpose, joy and peace.
 
Julia J.
Once, I was drifting - with no purpose. I wondered why I was here.  It was because of my mother, and always being in a worship service that I found the love of Jesus. My eyes were opened to His sacrifice for me. Now, Jesus is always on my mind; He is always with me.
 
Julie M.
Before Christ, I didn’t have purpose or any type of meaning in my life.  I wasn’t convicted when I committed sin.  My parents took me to church as a young child.  At the age of 17, I was in a revival and was convicted of my sins.  Jesus saved me and changed me.  My purpose now is to live my life for Jesus.  He directs my life and my desire is to be more like Him.
 
Justin A.
I was a great kid: a real rule follower. I realized at the age of 15 that my goodness was never going to be enough to reconcile me to an Almighty God. Since I accepted Christ, my life hasn’t been perfect (or easy), but it has been worth it. I have the direction, joy, and strength to enjoy an abundant life in Christ.
 
Justin D.
I was raised in church but now realize I was never a true Christian.  I drank, smoked, used drugs, was sexually immoral, loose tongue, etc. while still saying I was a Christian.  I felt compelled to finally read the Bible, and attend Church more than just occasionally.  Now I am filled with the Spirit and have done a 360.  I am closer now to God than I ever could have imagined and still growing.  Christ showed me how to truly love my family, love myself, love my neighbors, and love my church and most of all love my God.  I have never been happier.
 
 
Kaelin M.
I accepted Christ and was baptized at age 5. Even then I knew I was a sinner. This year after youth camp at age 13 I recommitted my life with the help of my mother. I now have assurance, peace and I’m happy. I have a desire to keep living for Christ and telling others about Him. I hope others can see Jesus through me.
 
Kandee M.
I grew up in and around church. It is what we did. By the time I turned 16, I felt as if there was something missing, something that I needed more of. I needed Jesus as my Lord and Savior. At the age of 16 I decided to ask Jesus to come into my heart and take over. I did well at first for the first year. As a teenager a lot of things can happen. Needless to say, I fell off track. At the age of 20 I decided to rededicate my life back to Him and let Him take full charge. Ever since then things have been good. Yes, there will be difficult times. Now I am married to a wonderful man. Now I know that I will go to Heaven when I die. Will you join me?
 
Karla G.
I was raised in a home where I knew God loved me and was there for me. However, I was not aware of the possibility of having a personal relationship with Him. We went to church weekly, said our recited prayers, tried to do unto others as they did unto us, etc. When I went to college, God was there, but far back on the burner. I was living a life that was not obedient to God. I married a man who ended up being verbally abusive and demeaning to me. I started to believe these things about myself. God's presence seemed so far away. Some friends invited me to church and after several years I realized that I was precious in God's eyes and that he had a plan for me. I have learned to develop a personal relationship with God. I think of him as my dearest friend. I tried to work through my marriage, but felt that God's plan was for me to continue on a different path with my girls. I now have a peaceful life, a loving relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and am blessed to recognize daily the doors He opens. I know that when this life is over I will spend eternity in heaven with my Loving Father.
 
Karla J.
Before I met Jesus my life had no direction. I could not make decisions, I was depressed, and had no meaningful relationships. I went to church at Maranatha on Sunday hoping to see a special someone there. Unexpectedly I met Jesus there. Now I can handle all things – good, bad, and ugly.
 
Kathi S.
As a child, I learned the prayer; “Now I lay me down to sleep…” I didn’t want to die and didn’t understand what a soul was. I was curious about God and heaven. I met a family who was very active in a Baptist church. They took me to church and Vacation Bible School. I attended Catholic school. When I was a senior in high school, I converted to Catholicism. While attending college, I worked at a Baptist church as a preschool teacher. I attended worship there and learned how to look up passages in the Bible. I married my husband who was a devout Catholic. We had two boys, and after the birth of my second child, I had postpartum depression. One night after praying and reading the Bible, I realized I was missing a relationship with Jesus. We later had two more boys. I wanted to be baptized, but my parents were involved in Catholic Church. This made it difficult for them to understand my decision. My children were being raised Catholic and Baptist. God moved our family to Florida. We found a Baptist church and were baptized there together. I’ve seen Jesus work in my life and have become a better mother and wife.
 
Kathy G.
I grew up in a Christian home and was raised in church. I heard Bible stories and memorized many verses. I knew all about Jesus: how He loved me, died for me, rose again, and if I gave Him my life, I would spend eternity with Him in heaven. However, my mind kept telling me I was a good person and that had to be enough. In high school, I came to a point where I realized that "doing" Christian things was NOT the same as "being" a Christian. I was tired of living in doubt of my eternity. I finally let go of my pride and surrendered my life to Jesus Christ. After all of those years wondering if what I was doing was good enough, I now live in assurance and confidence that I am a child of God. My life has been blessed but it has also had its struggles and sorrow. Nothing comes in my life that is not first filtered through His hands. He gives me unending, unconditional love and peace, even in the midst of the storms. I now serve the Lord from a passion for Him, not a duty. Jesus Christ is not just a part of my life, He IS my life and I will live for Him all of my days on earth. And when those end, I will spend eternity in heaven with Him. This I know without a doubt!
 
Kathy T.
I was blessed to be raised in a Christian home.  Before I accepted Christ, my life had no direction; I was just doing my own selfish thing as a teenager.  I was attending a revival service and felt the conviction to give my life to Christ.  Since that day, I have a peace and direction in my life.  Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that He has a plan for our life.  I have had trials and difficult times, but Jesus gives me grace and mercy daily.  I am confident of my eternity with Him.
 
Kayla T.
I used to be lonely and unfulfilled before accepting Christ. I was searching for a full life in worldly places. I thought I knew God but I didn’t want to go to Him. I kept rejecting His love. My careless behavior finally caught up with me. I was brought to my knees and Jesus showed me a fulfilled life. He provides me comfort in tough times. He has brought my life meaning and a family that loves me.
 
Kayla T.
My parents divorced when I was barely 2 years old. My mother went through many years of instability and my father was an alcoholic for much of my childhood. I knew who Jesus was but had never given my life to Him. At the age of 16, I felt empty, lonely, and guilty for the path I was on. I came to church with a short-term boyfriend. I can still remember the first message I heard; God is amazing! The two-year mark of my being a true follower of Christ is fast approaching and I can honestly say that "Amazing" is an understatement when talking about God! He has done so much in my life and I would die for Him if it was asked of me. I will share this good news with anyone and everyone.

Kellie C.
I spent my life before Christ trying to live up to the expectation of others, and trying to find acceptance in my jobs. That left me feeling frustrated and unfilled. At church, I heard that the only one I needed to please is God and that he loves me enough to help me please Him. I only had to believe. Now I am free! I have the joy to serve Christ, and the peace in knowing that He has shown me what I need to do.
 
Kelly C.
Thank you for taking a moment of your time to hear my story. I was blessed to be born into a family that put Jesus Christ first in all they did. As a result, I came to know Jesus as my Savior at the early age of 8. I felt the Holy Spirit speaking to my heart and made a decision to walk down the aisle of my church to make Jesus first in my life:) Jesus is my rock, my salvation, and my friend. He has been my strength throughout life in many areas and accomplishments. I know he holds my hand in his and I enjoy the peace I have knowing he's in control of my life. He knows what is best for me, even when I don't, and I give him all the glory! If you don't have Jesus in your life, I encourage you too, you'll never be the same again! Know the peace, the love, the joy, and happiness, and discover why he's put a smile on my face:)
 
Ken F.
I am thankful to say that I was raised in a Christian home and have attended church since I was a child. Because of this, I was exposed early and often to the stories of Christ and how He came to earth to make a way for me to go to a wonderful place called Heaven. As a result of my experiences I came to a quick understanding of the fact that Christ loved me, and desired to have a relationship with me. I accepted Christ to be a part my life so that I could go to Heaven one day. Since that time, I can honestly say that I have not always put God first in my life. In fact I would say that Christ was only a part of my life. However, I have realized through the years that I am not truly living unless I am living for Christ. Now, Christ is not simply a part of my life, but rather Christ IS my life. With Christ, I have the most fulfilling relationship that a person could ever have and the promise of eternal life in heaven. Christ can fill your life with purpose and meaning if you allow him to be Lord in your life.
 
Ken N.
Before Jesus I did not see anything wrong in my life. It was at church that I realized I wasn't bad, but I wasn't good, and I was going to Hell. Christ brought meaning into my life and I now know where I am going and want to please Him.
 
Kevin M.
This describes my life before Christ: I had no purpose and drank too much. I didn’t care about my language – or anyone else’s. And, I didn’t care what happened to others. Then one day I went to a conference on how to make money. It was there that I came to know Jesus. Now I have an inner someone (the Holy Spirit) who I can turn to for help with all my problems. I no longer drink to excess, and I care about others and their lives.
 
Kim B.
Before meeting Christ Jesus, I went through a lot of things that were hard. I felt like I had no one to help me. I started going to church with family members and decided it was time to get right with Jesus. I let Jesus in my heart. Now, I know I have someone who I can tell my problems to and who will help me get through them.
 
Kim B.
As 10th grader in school I can tell you that I attended church to be with my friends. But what I didn't expect is what I got in return. Between Sunday School, the youth get togethers, the summer youth camps, and the before school Bible studies I was able to find what I knew I could never live without. That of course is God. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the most amazing youth group during my high school years where I had Christian friends that were just excited about living for Christ as I was. That amazing start in my life has gotten me thru some not so smart decisions as a young adult, a failed marriage in my early 30's, to a healthy Christian marriage for the last 10 years of my life with the most amazing kids. Life is not always easy and the trials continue to test me but if we trust in God he will never let us down. Let Jesus sooth your wounds, I did.
 
Kim L.
I was saved at the age of 8, but as an adult was not attending church nor living my life as a Christian. Then I rededicated my life about 10 years ago and started attending church with my family. I know God had His hand in my life through jobs, daughter's surgery, and other events in my life and struggles I have had.
 
Kim M.
As a child, I hadn’t committed any “big sins,” but I came to understand that I was a sinner and needed Jesus in my life. A missionary was preaching a revival and I came to know without a doubt that I needed to know Jesus as my personal Savior. I walked forward that night (to accept Christ Jesus) and my life was forever changed. Christ brings meaning to my life in all I do. I strive daily to follow him. Christ gives me strength each day, especially on the days when I don’t have enough strength for myself.
 
Kim S.
My life was empty, sad, angry, no direction before Christ. One of my friends passed and I knew that I wanted to go to heaven. I knew Jesus was the only way. I am now calmer. I don’t let things get to me. I have direction. I feel fulfilled and I have happiness.
 
Kimberly S.
As I grew up we never went to church. I was saved at 7 but really did not understand the full effect. Got into Jr. High and High School start with the bad crowd and then turned to alcohol. Started going to night clubs when I was 16 and then had my daughter at 16 and my son at 18. Though still that it was more important to drink instead of show them the right ways in life. I came to know the Lord at 34 and He has been wonderful in my life ever since. Just when you think there is no end. God has been there for me when I lost my job. Out of the blue, I get a phone call the next day with a company that heard about me from one of their customers and gave me a job right away. When I think I cannot handle anything else, God is there to provide and look out for me. He says He will never give you more than you can handle and it is so true. I cannot wait for the day I see my GOD.
 
Kristen C.
I was overwhelmed and depressed before Christ came into my life. I was saved as a child but did not live a Jesus filled life as a teenager. Someone came to my house and witnessed to me and brought me back to a Christian life. I now have inner peace.
 
 
Laura H.
My life was filled with turmoil, discouragement, no peace, and I was fearful of my future.  I had a life changing experience in high school. Friends told me about Jesus’ love.  I now have joy, peace and completeness.  My life is not problem free, but now I have the promise of Heaven.  I have Jesus helping me in every situation.

Laura P.
I was raised in a strong Christian home. I never knew a different way of life. I accepted Christ at a revival at age 19 while attending college. Later I slipped away from God. I had some bad experiences. I rededicated my life. I now have an amazing husband who is the Christian leader in our home. God is working in our family and childrens’ lives in amazing ways.
 
Lauren S.
Before Jesus I was lonely and depressed; my life was void of any purpose, and it was destructive. I was alive but not living – just existing. After witnessing the life of my aunt for years and encountering the love of God through her, and through the Mercy Ministry staff, the Lord brought me to my knees and opened my eyes to the abundant life He had for me. He has redeemed and forgiven me; He used all the bad in my life for good. He brought life back into these dry bones. He gave me the gift of His love.
 
Layla B.
Prior to Christ I made bad choices. I worried a lot. I was brought to Jesus by my mother and grandparents. They took me to church and I listened to the message. Christ has brought meaning to my life by showing me that I should make better choices and be careful of what I do and say.
 
Lee W.
Before Jesus my life was empty, unfulfilled, and restless. I was chasing something, but felt like I was running from something at the same time. I was saved at age 10 and then rededicated my life at age 17. Now I have a peace and rest that is hard to explain. Jesus is a friend like no other.
 
Linda R.
Before Christ I had no purpose in my life. I did not think certain things were a sin and I didn’t realize that I needed a Savior. Then, I had a life changing encounter and accepted Christ Jesus as my Savior when I was twelve years old. Jesus changed my life. He gave me purpose and life. Jesus has brought me through many dark times. He has helped me know that someday I will be with him.
 
Linda T.
I was confused and unhappy before I met Christ. My life was dark and lonely, without peace. I was uncertain and afraid of death. My mother-in-law and a precious friend at work witnessed to me. I accepted Christ Jesus and told Him I would walk the aisle if he would help me do it – and he did! Christ has brought meaning to my life by giving me peace, strength and a love for others that I never had before. I have a wonderful family and a husband who is the spiritual head of our home. I have many opportunities to witness for my Savior.
 
Lisa D.
I grew up in an alcoholic home, there were happy times and Mom was the best, but my father was a different story. My earliest childhood memory is of my drunk father beating up my mother. I was lost and could find no peace. I went down the wrong path as a teenager and young adult. I lived a life of deceit, pain and anger. It wasn't until I was in my forties that I came to know Christ. I remember the night I surrendered my life to the Lord. I had an overwhelming feeling of perfect love and peace. My life hasn't been the same since that night. I am now clean and sober and am a good mother to my daughter. Life is good now. I still hit rough patches, but I know I am not alone anymore.
 
Lisa M.
Before Jesus my life was an emotional roller coaster. I was trying to fill a void through alcohol and food, but coming up empty. Even though I was brought up in the church I had a distorted view of God. I rededicated my life to the Word after nearly losing my family due to alcohol. Now Christ gives me a hope that my life can be put back together and that I may encourage someone else.
 
Liz E.

Despite being surrounded by people, before I met Christ, I was worried, confused, empty, and lonely. When I was attending college, I taught three-year-olds in a Catholic church. That was the first time I taught God’s word. There were so many things I never heard before. I was invited three years in a row to Bible study. I finally went. I developed a personal relationship with Jesus. I stopped worrying. I found joy. I have peace. I know I can always talk to Jesus. He will always listen.

 
Liz W.
I am forever grateful for a young Youth Pastor who took his bus ministry into the streets of Detroit to reach out to children who everyone else might have written off as poor, misbehaving, scraggly little kids. Through this ministry I was given a pure Gospel that led me to put all of my trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of my sins and an eternity in Heaven. I don’t remember that Pastor’s name but I will never forget that he took the time to care about me when he didn’t even know my name. Cared enough to tell me about the Person called Jesus who loved the orphans, the poor, the abandoned, the hurt, the loveless, and me … and you too. I am not 7 years old anymore but the same Jesus who saved me then continued to take care of me my whole life. When I was an orphan, He showed me my Father. When I was abandoned, He sheltered me in His arms. When I struggled to raise my own children by myself, He provided open doors. When all was lost, He brought in hope. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) I am whosoever. Can I tell you about Jesus?
 
Lorraine D.
My first memory of church was Daddy hitching up our mule and wagon and we would go to a one room church with hard benches. I would listen for a while and then fall asleep in Mom’s lap. In Jr. High, I sat in church with a friend and she would nudge me to go down during the invitation. I would always refuse because I was too scared. One Sunday, while sitting with my Daddy, God gave me the courage I needed to walk the aisle and ask Jesus into my heart. I was baptized that night with my family present. After High School, the Lord was looking after me because a nursing program became available at the Medical College of Georgia where I met my future husband and graduated in the first class with a BS degree in Nursing. I know I am a sinner saved by Grace because I have done things I am not proud of, but the Lord has forgiven me. He has given me a wonderful husband, three loving sons and six grandchildren. I have a church family that I dearly love and can count on.
 
Luana G.
Born just after the depression, the baby of a family of five, I was shy and overwhelmed. Ours was a Christian family, always in church. Who could need more spiritually? However, my pastor knew that God doesn't have grandchildren - only children. When he talked with me and asked if I ever asked Jesus to forgive my sin and make me His child, I realized I had no personal relationship with God and gladly accepted His invitation to be in God's family. What a change! My shyness and lack of confidence were overcome by a sense of belonging and purpose that transformed me. I knew I would go heaven, but also I had purpose and strength for my life. My life has been full serving as a missionary, a mother, and a teacher. Now I am anticipating with joy being with Him amid unimaginable wonders in heaven. He is my constant companion and my strength.
 
Lydia B.
I grew up in church being "the pastor's daughter." I was saved at age 8, but I had always found my identity in my parent’s faith. In junior high and high school came the rebellion from what I was supposed to be: the good church girl. I went to church so I knew all the rights things I SHOULD do but always found myself messing up. My problem? Doing everything in my own strength. I was not letting the Lord truly come into my life and take over every part of me, relationships, attitude, habits etc. At age 15, I was uprooted from the only town I'd ever lived in and made to move to Middleburg. There was my wake up call, my second chance, God telling me HE is in control of my life, not me. Since then, I have completely devoted my life to Christ and to furthering His Kingdom. He has become my purpose, my direction, my refuge and my only source of strength.
 
Lynn B.
Before Jesus I feared life and death in general. In the fourth grade I knew that the way to have peace about death was to receive Christ as my Savior. I know that I will go to heaven when I die. I also trust God in all of life's trials. I know that no matter what happens God brings out good.
 
Lynn E.
Before accepting Christ I believed in God, went to church, read words in the Bible, tried to be a good person, and prayed to God. One day, while staying home with babies, I was in the yard and pulled a leaf from a tree. I studied it closely. I then believed in a more real God who created me and everything. I read a book “More Than A Carpenter.” I realized Jesus and God are one. I began reading the Bible again and saw it differently. I looked at everything differently. I am so thankful I am going to see Him one day.
 
 
Mack K.
Before I met Jesus I had no peace or joy and I was filled with self pride. I now have found peace, joy, love, confidence and guidance in Christ. My eyes are open to good and bad. I live the good life with Jesus in it.

Madelyn K.
Before Jesus, life was stressful and I was impatient with people. I had a bad attitude about everything. I was brought to Jesus by my parents helping me see Him. Now my life is not as hard and God can comfort me through hard times. And there is more joy.
 
Marc R.
I came from a broken home. I was empty and incomplete and felt that I was missing something. When I was six or seven a neighbor friend brought me to church. I felt the hand of Jesus on me saying I can make you complete. I asked Jesus into my heart. After that the void in my life was filled. I knew Jesus chose to be in my life. I now know I am chosen.
 
Margo A.
My story is not very dramatic. I was raised in the Catholic Church so I knew there was a God. I always felt I should go to church even when I was a teen and young adult. I stopped going to church when my first husband and I went to Germany with the military. I started going to church again when our son was 5 years old. We went to the local Catholic Church so he could take First Communion classes. He disliked it very much. At this same time I had a client in my beauty salon who was the music leader’s wife at a Southern Baptist Church. She had invited me to church there and was telling me about Jesus. I decided to go and my son and I were welcomed warmly. Having heard the gospel there I invited Jesus into my heart at my beauty shop during a particularly hard day. I was baptized at Rice Memorial Baptist Church in Northboro, Massachusetts. I am definitely not the "perfect Christian," but I am confident that I have a Father who loves me unconditionally and a Savior who died for me and forgives me of my sins when I ask Him to. I have the Holy Spirit living inside of me who is my Helper here on Earth and my assurance of eternal life.
 
Marilee G.
I used to be lonely. I was a single mom struggling with finances. I had low self esteem and I was searching for companionship. I gave a ride to my nephew who was meeting his friend at church. I began attending and my life as a Christian began to grow. In God’s time I met my husband and my career grew. We now worship as a family and am so greatly blessed.
 
Marilyn D.
You wouldn’t believe my life before Christ.  My next door neighbor told me about Jesus.  I was five years old, I was truly blessed.  I am old now and at peace.  Things are going great. God is good.
 
Mark D.
I was searching for fun or happiness in many things before I met Christ. Then, we started going to a small church in Melrose, Florida. That is where I met Jesus. I have found that as long as I try to find Jesus, He is there. I have turned from Him at times, but he was still there. I was just looking in the wrong places.
 
Mark E.
My life before I became a Christian was much like a lot of people in America. I came from a nice, middle income home with nice parents. I did not want for anything and I was not really involved with alcohol, drugs or smoking. I was lonely, unsure, tried to fit in with different people, and I battled depression. I had been involved in church since April of 1979, when a friend invited me to a youth revival. I liked what I heard ... that God was more than a priest with churches that looked liked castles ... that there was Christ and He died to forgive my sin. However, I did not completely repent and accept this until September of 1987. I was worried that my friends would be mad at me, but when I exited the counseling room at church they were all waiting for me, happy that I was now saved. Life has not been easy since then, but it has not been boring either. I still battle depression and probably will until I leave this earth, but now I have an ally in God to help with the struggle. I also have a compassion for people who have never heard the Gospel, and especially those in jail.
 
Mark H.
Before I met Christ, I was in turmoil. I was confused and lost. I had evil thoughts and deeds. I came to know Christ as I was told of Him in Sunday School and witnessed to by my friends. What a life now that I have found Jesus! I have peace, love, and joy!
 
Mark N.
I had made it; I was 18, serving my country and on my own. I was finally a “man.” Growing up I did all the things boys do to get into trouble and even spent a night in jail. My favorite pastime was drinking. At 20, I was basically an alcoholic; then God got my attention. He placed in my path a beautiful & Godly woman who fell in love with me. After we were married and became parents, I decided to straighten up. I quit smoking and drinking but something was still not right. I went to church with Kelley and it felt like home, like I belonged there. Several years later (Nov ‘92) while fishing behind a friend’s house, God touched my heart. My legs became weak as I dropped down on my knees and I began to cry uncontrollably. I begged God to forgive me, to come into my life and live within me. A huge burden was lifted from me and I realized that the God shaped hole in my heart was finally filled. God immediately blessed me. I called my wife to share the news and she said our daughter was saved that very evening.
 
Marsha V.
I was brought up in church, even though at home, my father abused his family. I got saved when I was 12 - and I praise the Lord for this, because my brother and I had to grow up fast and escape our father. My mother was not so lucky. I married and moved away. In a small church in New Jersey, my husband gave his life to the Lord and I rededicated mine. Soon after, the Lord called us into a ministry for abused and unwanted children. We served for 20 years. My mother recently went home to be with the Lord; all the terrible things in my past came to the surface. I had to face all the things I had buried. In God's grace, His healing and love, I found His joy again. Through His healing I found FBC Middleburg.
 
Martha B.
Before Christ Jesus my life was empty. I was taken to church as a baby, and taught that I needed Jesus. I met Him personally when I was ten. Christ has brought love, peace and joy into my life. I know that I have a home in heaven with my Lord.
 
Marva B.
I was raised going to church and surrounded by Christian family and friends. I was 11 years old before I realized that what I wanted for my life was more than what I could do with all of my best efforts. I saw a joy and peace in others that I did not have. One Sunday listening to my pastor I wrote on my five fingers: hear (the word of God), believe (that Jesus is the Son of God), repent (admit and turn from sin), commit (ask Jesus to come into my heart) and baptized (following Jesus and His model for our lives). I knew what I needed to do. I asked Jesus into my heart and told Him I would live for Him. I got married and often felt that people looked at us and thought “they have the perfect life.” After 20 years of marriage my spouse left me. Even as everything else crumbled away I saw God even more evident in my life. He clearly said to me in my heart, “You will be OK.” God brings meaning to my life not my circumstances. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt when I die I will be with Jesus in Heaven forever, and that will be the perfect life.
 
Maddison B.
I knew something was missing in my life at a young age. I realized that I needed Jesus in my life. My family had given me a foundation of the Bible as being truth. I came to the point where I knew all the truth was for me. Jesus changed my life. Because of him, I have a purpose. I have peace that has surpassed all of the chaos and confusion of this life.
 
Mary S.
I was raised in a Catholic home. I knew that Jesus was the Son of God but did not have a relationship with Him. I grew up singing songs like Amazing Grace not knowing or understanding the true significance of His grace. I entered a relationship with The Father in late 2000 at this wonderful church and was baptized. I have three teenagers who have been in church since they were little. Two of them have chosen to walk with the Lord and one is being stubborn and defiant; like I once was. I just keep praying for him to come back home. I do feel blessed.
 
Mary T.
My life was once devoid of happiness with no purpose. It was the same day after day. My husband wanted a divorce and left me. I was alone for the first time in 50 years. My life as I knew it had ended. In an empty house, I cried out to God and felt His arms around me. I knew then that I would never be alone. God has directed my path to godly people. He has put joy in my heart and lightened my burden.
 
Maryann C.
Growing up, I knew who Jesus was - or so I thought. I went to church six days a week, I obeyed the rules of my church - I thought I was a model Christian even though I had never read the Bible and didn't know anyone who did. Fourteen years ago, I had a religious conversation with my sister. Sis was involved with what I called “Jesus-freaks.” She was weird. We had a disagreement this particular day and she insulted me by telling me she was on a “higher spiritual plane” than I was. I decided to prove her wrong by reading my Bible. I started with Romans. As I read, I was amazed and in awe. I was a dirty, filthy sinner. But God loved me anyway and sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die for my sins. I cried as I read the words and my life changed that very day. Because of Jesus, I have peace. Even in the aftermath of Katrina in 2005, I had faith that God would take care of me - and He did. I know He is with me, will never, ever leave me and loves me no matter what. And one day, He will welcome me in Heaven.
 
MaryBeth F.
Having an absent father, I was lost. I wanted a father to love me and spend time with me. My friend and I asked my Mom how we can go to heaven at age 10. She led us to Christ. Now I have purpose and peace in my life. When things get hard I have someone to lean on. I have a heavenly father that wants to spend time with me.
 
Matt B.
My life lacked purpose, I was discouraged and overwhelmed.  I went to church with my parents.  With Christ in my life, I have peace, contentment and assurance, even through my father’s death. 
 
Matt T.
Before I met Jesus, I felt discouraged and scared of what life would bring me in the future.  I accepted Jesus when I was eight years old.  I knew no matter what came up in the future Jesus would help me and guide me.  He has shown me that He will help me through anything; all I need to do is trust Him.
 
Megan W.
I accepted Christ at a very young age. I distanced myself from Him when I was in high school dating the wrong guy. There was never so much emptiness or dissonance in my life. The Lord used my parents and friends over and over to bring me to the point where I finally obeyed the Lord and ended the hurtful relationship in my freshman year of college. Since I accepted Christ I have had such peace and joy. The Lord continues to direct and work in my life. I have hope and purpose for each and every day. I don’t know how I would walk through this life without my Heavenly Father. He sustains me.
 
Melanie N.
Shortly after I married my husband, I fell into a deep depression. I had grown up in the church; my parents were and are prominent members of the church. I knew I loved the Lord and had once had a relationship with him; so where had I lost my way? When I married my husband, who is in the Navy, I packed up and moved away from everything I knew and loved. At first, I figured that was the cause of my depression. So when we planned a trip back home one summer, I was convinced that would fix everything. It didn’t! I was just as depressed there. My mom noticed my depression and we sat down for a long heart-to-heart; she asked if she could pray for me. I said ok, of course, not really realizing the effects of prayer. That was the turning point. I returned home, purchased a small devotional, and began to read the Bible every day. God healed me of my depression, gave me a joy and a peace I had not known. Now I know that when I die, I will go to heaven.
 
Melissa B.
Having been raised in the church, I was always involved in the behind-the-scenes work of the church. I learned how to "do" the work of the church and enjoyed "doing" it. But something changed when as an adult, I learned that being a Christian means to walk with Christ and it involves much more than being a "do-er" it means being transformed from the old person and becoming a new person, who is becoming more like Christ in a progressional manner. M. Robert Mulholland, Jr. sums it up best when he penned "our doing flows out of our being" (Invitation to a Journey: A Road Map for Spiritual Formation). Our Christian life is but an outpouring of the inner workings of the Lord in and through our life. I’ll be the first to say my walk has been one of many failures but I thank the Lord, Jesus Christ, for second and third chances and for giving me hope of a fulfilling life lived in reflection of His love and grace.
 
Melissa F.
In 1992, I was 27, divorced for several years with two young children, working shift work without much family support. I was in relationships that were not healthy, but hoping that someone would rescue my children and me. A co-worker felt I needed direction. She suggested a book which started my “self-help” journey. I read several books with the common theme of the need to have a “spiritual” relationship. For me that meant attending church. My past “church” experiences had been boring and full of traditions. That all changed when I received a postcard in the mail inviting me to church. The invitation encouraged me to wear jeans, drink coffee, and offered contemporary worship music. I was intrigued and accepted the invitation. I immediately enjoyed the casual style of worship and preaching that was real and on a level I understood. In a short time, I realized that Christ was missing from my life, and I needed him more than anything life has ever presented me. I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. To this day, I thank God that He never took his hand off me. His Word promises that to you also, no matter what you have done or encountered in your life.
 
Mervin B.
I grew up in a Christian family. At an early age I knew I was a sinner and received Christ Jesus as my Saviour. Later I made a public confession and was baptized. In early adolescence, when I heard stirring testimonies of persons whose lives were radically changed when converted, I went through a period of doubt, wondering if my decision had been a real conversion. I reconfirmed my decision to trust Christ as my Saviour and claimed his promises such as John 1:12, “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name he gave the right to become children of God.” God is faithful; He always keeps his promises. At age 17, I recommitted my life to the Lord. As I look back over the years, I praise God for directing my life, step by step, and for giving me a purpose-filled life in several different countries. Surrendering my life to God did not limit my personal fulfillment; He knows how to use and develop my talents in His plan. I have found nothing more satisfying than to experience walking with God and letting Him use me to bring blessing to others.
 
Michael I.
Before Jesus I didn’t care about myself or others. I had many bad habits and got into a lot of trouble. When my life was at its lowest I was brought to Jesus when listening to a program. Since I met Jesus they call me “Smiley” at work. I’m happy. The bad is gone and the good is getting better.
 
Michelle B.
Before I accepted Christ I was angry and frustrated and sad. I was brought to Jesus when there was a death in my family. I read the “Left Behind” series which scared me. I began attending First Baptist Church Middleburg. My acceptance of Christ has brought me peace and joy. I’m not problem free but I have the promise of heaven.
 
Michelle G.
I came to know Christ at 11 years old. I was staying with my grandmother. She lived next door to a church. I started going with her and joined a Wednesday night adult Bible Study. The women took me in and I received Christ on a hot summer Wednesday night. It felt great. Little did I know I would go back home and my family life did not support Christianity. You see, at home there was domestic violence, molestation, and a lot of filthy junk. It did not feel like this was my home anymore. I would struggle until I went to high school and a friend invited me to a local church. It felt like I had found my home. If I die today I know I will be in my real home HEAVEN!
 
Michelle K.
I was brought up in a Christian home. When I grew up I left home trying to find the good life. I became the prodigal child. It was when I had a child that I realized the importance of knowing God. One night our church showed the movie “Jesus.” I heard a voice say, “You don’t have to doubt.” I heard the voice again “You don’t need to ever doubt again.” I then prayed to accept Jesus into my heart. My prayer is that you come to need/want Jesus in your heart. You don’t have to doubt. Just come as you are.
 
Michelle T.
Before Christ I had no purpose but to serve myself. I was very unfulfilled and empty. Possessions and money meant a lot. There was not one defining moment when I accepted Christ but many instances when Jesus would tug at my heart and speak to me. Once my twins were born I realized how incredible Jesus was to bring these angels into my life. I wept and truly gave in to Jesus. My two month old little girl had open heart surgery and Jesus allowed me to keep her. I realized I owed everything to Jesus and we are all His. Jesus gave me a wonderful life with an amazing husband, children and family. Possessions mean nothing.
 
Michelle W.
My life before Christ was filled with fear, anxiety, and loneliness. I was the daughter of an alcoholic. As a teenager, I rebelled and became very angry. I turned my anger on myself and God. My mother was a Christian and near the end of her life she tried to talk to me about God's love and grace. I often found her praying for me. I was married at 16 years old and about a year later had a baby. My young husband and I struggled to get along. Suddenly my mother died. Everything came crashing down on me. I was afraid to turn to God because I knew He must be very angry with me, but I knew He was my only hope. I reached out and asked Him to save me from the life I had been living. In His goodness, He completely forgave me and I became a new creation in Him. Now I live under His grace. Life has not always been easy, but He has walked with me through every step of the way. He gave me a life with purpose and meaning and loved me when I was unlovable. I look forward to an eternity with Him.
 
Mike G.
I was born into a Christian home and attended church almost every Sunday and Wednesday. My father died four months before I was born and I was the last of six children. I became aware I was a sinner at age ten but was reluctant to accept Christ. I finally joined the church at twelve to satisfy my mother but didn’t really accept Christ until I was nineteen. My late childhood and early teen years were not pleasant. I had issues and blamed everyone including my mother and God for taking my father from me before I even knew him. After accepting Christ I finally had the assurance I would see my dad in heaven. Christ has led me into many parts of the world as a witness for Him and has recently called me to the foreign mission field. I’m not perfect by any means but by God’s grace just forgiven. It is so comforting to know Christ loves me. Two Christian songs are special to me; “Amazing Grace, My Chains are Gone I’ve been set free” and my favorite is the simple children’s song “Jesus Loves Me.” I urge you to accept His free gift of life.
 
Mike K.
I grew up in church. My grandpa was a preacher. I thought I was saved but I realized it was in my head not my heart. In 1992 all that changed. I accepted Jesus as my Savior. It’s a feeling you can’t wait to tell others about. I now desire to be a good father and husband. I have a purpose in life and a desire to share Christian ways to my family and friends.
 
Mike P.
I was raised by a mother and father that loved each other, loved me, but most of all loved God. As a teenager, I rebelled from what I had been taught and focused more on having fun. My interests were girls, parties, and alcohol. It left me lonely, hung over, and unfulfilled. In March of 1998, my elderly grandmother took me on a trip for her church to Israel. (She said she needed help getting around.) I agreed hoping to see the world and embark on a new adventure. I saw where Jesus was born, beaten, and died on the cross for our sins. Upon my return home, I asked Jesus to come into my life as my Lord and Savior. Since that time, God has blessed me with a beautiful and loving wife, three wonderful kids, a college degree, a great job, and supportive friends.
 
 
Nancy B.
Though I was raised in the church, I always thought that I would go to heaven because I tried to be a good person. My sister-in-law invited us to a Baptist church she had started attending. There we learned the true and Biblical way to salvation. It was such a joy when my husband and I gave our lives to Christ, realizing we were sinners and learning that Jesus gave His life so we could have eternal life. At the same time, it was unnerving to know we had lived to be in our thirties without the fulfillment, peace and security that come from having a life with Christ. I wait with great anticipation of a glorious home in Heaven, communing daily with our Savior for Philippians 3:20 tells us our citizenship is now in Heaven. The Lord has given me a burden for children. I’ve been teaching them for over thirty years so hopefully they will learn earlier than I did that He loves them so much He gave His life for each of them. I’m very thankful for our Bible-believing church and a pastor who deeply loves the Lord and follows God’s command to shepherd our congregation.
 
Natalie S.
I used to believe that church attendance wasn’t important. I was too busy with my life. I didn’t have purpose in my life or hope for the future. I accepted Christ when my godfather introduced me to church six years ago. I now have so much more meaning to what life is really about and what is important. Jesus Christ puts light in my life and gives me strength every day.
 
Nikki A.
I was raised in a church family, but during my teenage years left church and turned away.  I did some partying but mainly just denying God.  When I had my daughter, I knew I didn’t want her to go to Hell, and my husband was not a Christian.  I asked him to go to church with me, he was saved and I renewed my faith.  I know my family is going to Heaven and I have peace now.  I know I have a forever friend and companion, a stronger marriage and family.
 
Noah G.
Before Jesus, I was living like any other thirteen year old would live. The typical teen. I got myself into stuff that would get me into a lot of trouble. I was insubordinate. Got myself in trouble in school and out. I still went to church every Sunday and Wednesday, a Sunday Saint and a Monday ain't. But that all changed one night at a church camp. I heard this song that one night and something hit me. I realized my faultiness and I turned it all around. That was the first time that I remember actually having joy - true, real, genuine joy. It's indescribable. Now I won't say that my life has been perfect since then, but it's pretty high up there. Jesus has completely transformed me. He has made such a difference in my life, I actually preached. Me, thirteen years old and preaching in front of fifty to sixty of my peers. I'm about to do my second one, hoping to have more people show up. Praise God!
 
Noel A.
My sinful life was filled with a series of bad choices, with no direction or ambition.  When I met my wife who encouraged me to go to church I saw the light and came to Jesus.  I now have purpose and peace during the tough times of my life.  Knowing Jesus has helped my marriage.  I am not scared of death anymore.
 
 
Paige R.
My life was empty, unsatisfying, and stressful. God placed people in my life who encouraged me. I started attending church and Young Life in high school. My co-workers today also encourage me. Today Jesus is in control in my life. I watch Him work in me daily. He has completely changed who I am and my marriage.
 
Pat G.
When I was 9 years old, I "joined" the church and was baptized. I was never asked to pray the sinner’s prayer or if I had asked Jesus to come into my heart. I had fun partying and doing other things that I knew was sin, but I thought I was saved and I was OK. When I was 49, I was invited to the church that I had my membership for high attendance Sunday. She was a member of an older ladies Sunday School class. I thought I would not go to that class since they were a lot older than me. The teacher was the most Godly woman that I had ever met. I did continue to attend that class and by Helen's teaching and the Pastor's preaching, I realized I was not saved. In my car one day I prayed for Jesus to come into my life and save me from my sins. I made my decision public and was baptized for real. My family members knew that this was the real thing this time. My life has not been the same since that day. I know for sure now that I am going to Heaven and have not regretted my decision at all.
 
Patty C.

As a child and adult I was very stressed due to family issues. I was saved at Vacation Bible School at Trinity Christian Academy. No matter what happens I have hope. I am restored every week at church. I am able to survive the impossible with Christ.

Patty R.
Before Jesus, I had a lack of security about my eternal destination.  I was brought to Jesus through a Sunday school teacher in Jr. High School.  I now have a peace and know that whatever I am going through, God will never leave me but carry me. 
 
Paula C.
I was raised with alcoholic parents who were abusive. My life was sad and depressing. My youth leader explained how to accept Jesus as my Savior. Afterwards, my life as a teenager blossomed. My life has not been easy and I cannot imagine living my life without Jesus. He will never give me more than I can bear. I never give up hope ‘cause I know Jesus is always with me.
 
Pearl P.
Before I met Christ, I was a young teen who felt alone. At a summer camp, I was led to Christ, but I didn’t surrender my life to His control until I was 25 years old. Christ has brought meaning to my life by showing his love for me throughout the trials and happy times. I thank Him everyday for saving and loving me.
 
Philip M.
I grew up in a Christian home and initially accepted Christ when I was 5 years old. I felt that was what I was supposed to do not because I believed I was a sinner and needed Christ to save my soul. When I was 12 years old, my Sunday school teacher asked if I would go to heaven or hell if died today. I couldn't answer confidently. That night, my dad led me in the sinner’s prayer and I accepted Christ. The next 13 years I didn't live a sold out life to Christ. At 25, I came to a crossroads where I was either going to serve Christ or self. The Lord began to work on my heart and His watchdogs, love and mercy, began to hound me. The bitterness and anger I felt began to break. I was humbled that Christ forgave me and welcomed me back into his flock with open arms. Feeling the Holy Spirit’s conviction when I sin gives me the confidence that Christ lives in my heart and seeks to sanctify me and refine me more into His image. I now have confidence I will go to heaven when I die. I am looking forward to seeing my Lord and Savior and falling at his feet and worshiping Him.
 
Phyllis A.
Before Jesus Christ came into my life, I had no purpose. There was no peace or rest. I did not feel loved and had self-hate. When I was in sixth grade, I had a life-changing encounter with Christ. I was walking home from church by myself and singing praises. All of a sudden I was filled with the Holy Spirit. Now, no matter how bad things get (and they do get bad), I am not in this life by myself. Jesus is always there for me.
 
 
 
Rachele F.
Before Jesus I was confused. I didn’t know what my purpose was and I couldn’t explain the empty feeling I had. My friend invited me to a church service and it all started making sense to me. I periodically felt a hand guiding me especially during painful times. I now know this was Jesus who is always with me and is my Savior. My family and I are blessed and know the promise of eternal life in heaven.

Ralph E.
I grew up in a safe and loving family. We did not attend church. When I was a preteen we moved from our hometown and it was there, that friends invited me to church. I attend my teen years and was baptized but always felt doubt about my eternal security. I buried those feeling and felt God calling me into the Ministry. While attending a Christian College, those insecure feelings would once again surface. During Sunday morning Bible Study a good friend of mine sang these words “Flowers have the sunshine the earth has the rain, Lord you know I am nothing, without Your Spirit, my life is in vain.” At that moment it all made sense. I felt my "Christian life" was in vain. I was attempting to live the Christian life without truly accepting it. So that morning at the close of the church service I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and to come into my life. I called His name and He saved me. I was baptized and without doubt began to live for Him.
 
Randy A.
I grew up knowing to do what was right, but chose to live a life that was pleasing to me. I “mothballed” Christ. As a 10-year-old boy, I walked the church aisle one Sunday morning to be saved. At a high school age, I had a friend asked me if I was saved. I told him yes, while questioning in my mind why he would ask me that. My actions really told who I was, however that question planted a seed in my heart. About five years later I realized I really didn’t give Christ my heart, but had a head knowledge of Him. A friend picked up on my questioning, and at work on a Monday morning, he asked me to come out to the parking lot. We talked, he read a few scriptures, and praise God, His Word pierced my heart and I knelt right there in the parking lot and asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and come into my heart and save me. Since then, I literally depend and trust Christ daily for whatever life’s situations come my way. He has never failed me. I’m at rest and peace because of this confidence in Christ and know that I’ll be in heaven with Him one day.
 
Ray A.
I came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior much later than I should have. At a young age I knew God loved me and about His plan of salvation. Unwilling to give up my sinful ways, I felt I could not live the life God wanted me to. I didn’t want to be a hypocrite. With every invitation I put off a decision for God. Selfishness and stupidity delayed a decision I knew I should and wanted to make. I was 28 years old when my wife and I received a visit from the church we were attending. Point blank the pastor asked “don’t you want to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and know you’ll go to Heaven?” Right then I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and immediately felt a huge weight lifted from my shoulders - a feeling I’ll never forget. I was foolish to have waited so long to make the most important decision in my life. Life is a gift from God, long or short. God’s plan of salvation: that Jesus Christ died a cruel death on a cross to save us from our sins. Since becoming a Christian, God has blessed and guided me in my decisions and steered me around the obstacles in my life.
 
Rebecca W.
Before I met Jesus, I had stress and anxiety. I didn’t know why I was here and what I was supposed to accomplish in life.  I started to go to church with my family and my heart opened to Jesus. My life isn’t perfect. I still have stress, but it is manageable. I have inner peace and a promise of heaven. I have purpose in life.
 
Reggie D.
I was brought up in a Bible believing church and had a saint for a mother who had us in church every time the doors were open. I gave my life to Christ when I was 12 and served him faithfully through high school. I knew early on that God was calling me into either Ministry or Medicine. God opened the door for me to go into medicine but the job kept me away from worship services. I put God behind education and family. God was not first so sin crept in and took over. He didn't put me aside like I did him. He continued to watch over and protect me. As I progressed through medicine and a Navy career, I kept him in a corner of my life. Life was about me. I had a career to build, children to educate, and a mother in poor health to care for. I failed God in many ways over several years, but He never let me down. Deuteronomy 33:27a states "The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms." In the past 18 years I have put God back in his proper place. He led us to a Family of Friends at First Baptist Middleburg and has allowed us to again be of service to Him.
 
Rena S.
My life was filled with misery and fear before I accepted Jesus. My friend saw my despair and kept inviting me to church. One day, crying and in despair, God told me to go which I did. I now have peace, hope, light and promise through Jesus. I know my path and what direction to walk.
 
Renee G.
Before Christ, I always had the feeling that something was missing in my lonely and fearful life. However, in Germany I lived down the street from an American pastor, and visited his church just to get him “off my back”. I ended up finding Jesus when I did not know I needed Him. I now have peace and strength during even in the dark times.
 
Rhoda W.
There was a time in my life when I was lost – just looking for happiness or fulfillment in places that left me empty. In relationships that disappointed me. I met Jesus and He changed my life. I found the love and acceptance I had been looking for. I know now that the love I had looked for in other places would only be found in Jesus. No one else will ever love or accept me like he does. But, that is okay because Jesus loves me, and he is faithful.
 
Rich S.
Having come from a church family of Catholics in the North East, I was raised at an early age to attend Mass with my family. I was baptized, made my confirmation, and felt compelled to go to confession often to tell the Lord my sins. Upon adulthood my feelings were that I needed to speak with my Lord and Savior more often, and thru my Catholic upbringing it just wasn't enough. I sought out a Baptist church in Orange Park, and started attending regularly, being afforded the opportunity to hear the word of God thru the Bible. At that point I became a Christian and was re-baptized. I have never looked back. The Lord is a very giving Lord, and he will help you get thru any situation that you may face. Ask, and you shall receive. Simply walk in His shoes, and you will fell immensely fulfilled.
 
Rick W.
I was raised to believe that if you were good and did good things that you would go to Heaven. I spent my life seeking worldly things to please myself thinking that as long as I acted better than most people around me I would be alright. But I wasn’t alright and I really wasn’t all that good. Nothing satisfied me and I was never happy with anything that I had. I would wake up every morning wondering what I was missing. I didn’t even know I was lost although I had been in church for many years. It wasn’t until I heard Pastor Johnny Hunt preach on what God’s man looked like that I realized I didn’t look anything like that. I was so mad at Pastor Johnny for doing that to me that I walked out of the church, vowing never to come back. Fortunately, God wasn’t done with me because He woke me up every morning letting me know exactly what, or rather WHO I was missing: Jesus Christ. Shortly after that I surrendered my life to Christ and today I do one thing the best I can - attempt to look like the man God created His men to look like.
 
Rob J.
I was blessed with a Christian family that loved and raised me in church and ensured that I grew in understanding of God’s plan of salvation and that I followed God’s commandments. But I must give a disclaimer here. Grasping Bible concepts and even understanding the gospel message is not the same thing as experiencing a life-changing encounter with the one and only, true, living JESUS. It was my decision - to accept Jesus personally, which I did when I was 7. It was an ordinary day; except for the fact I realized I needed God. God made the way, Jesus paid the price, and my small part was just to believe in Him - it still amazes me it is so simple! But walking the walk wasn’t always easy. Later in my life I turned from God and got involved in drugs and other things that landed me in jail. However, the Holy Spirit drew me back and I recommitted my life to Jesus in 1994. Since then I have seen God work in my life and know my Heavenly Father provides, and call Jesus friend as well as Lord and Savior!
 
Robin H.
I come from a dysfunctional family background of sexual abuse, mental illness, and drunkenness. But there was also genuine love and unselfishness. By the age of sixteen, I became very depressed and attempted suicide. It didn’t work so I asked the Lord to save me. I was then put into a Christian foster home with loving people. Later I married and went through a terrible divorce. The Lord has healed me after many years of emotional and physical pain. I now have a good home, two beautiful children, a good church, many friends and a nice car that the Lord gave me. I am truly blessed, redeemed from the grave and will see Jesus in heaven one day.
 
Ronda B.
My mother took my sisters and me to church every Sunday when we were children. During the invitation time, the preacher would always ask “Do you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that if you died today you would go to heaven?” I imagined the letters D-O-U-B-T, like the Hollywood sign in California, casting a huge shadow that I was standing in. I told my mom about my doubts and she set up an appointment for me to talk with the preacher. At that appointment, I asked Jesus to be my Savior and I was baptized shortly after that. I wish that I could tell you that I have put Christ first in my life from that moment on, but that hasn’t always been the case. God has promised “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. I have seen all things, good and bad, work out in my life. God has blessed me.
 
Russell S.
Before I became a Christian my life was empty. My only ambition in life was to have fun. My time was occupied with girls and sports. I had no real goal or ambition. I attended Sunday School from the very earliest years of my life, but the Bible stories seemed like fairy tales to me. One day as a young teenager, I heard the good news that God loves me and has a plan for my life. I learned that Jesus Christ died for me and arose from the dead. Later I was challenged by the goal of the apostle Paul in Romans 15:20. Paul's goal was to preach the gospel where Christ had never been named, and I made that goal my goal. Years later, God enabled me to join a team of 20 missionaries to spread the gospel to primitive Indians in Brazil. There I told the good news of salvation by faith to a people who had never heard about Jesus.
 
Ruth T.
My parents were missionaries and, as a child, I always thought that I was saved. When I was 13 years old, we were on furlough in Ohio. During a revival meeting, I felt the spirit and love of Jesus and went forward. I asked Jesus into my heart. Now, in every aspect of my life, I find the everlasting joy of Christ Jesus. I pray without ceasing. I trust his promises and grace. What a precious Savior we have!
 
Ryan C.
My life once had no direction. I could never answer whether or not I was going to go to heaven. My future wife would always discuss what being a Christian meant. I had a life-changing encounter with Christ and accepted him as my personal Lord and Savior. He has given me the confidence that I never had before. Now I know that when I die, I will be with Christ in heaven.
 
 
 
Sabrina B.
I was not brought up in a Christ-centered home. My young life revolved around alcoholism and the many dynamics that go along with living with an alcoholic. I knew at a young age that this was not the life I wanted or the one God intended for me. When I was ten years old I met my friend Olivia. She had been brought up in a Christian home. I spent many hours and days with her and her family. They went to church and always invited me and made me feel a part of their family. I believe that because of God's perfect plan that this family was sent to teach me of Jesus’ love, patience, and kindness. When I was twelve, I accepted Jesus as my Lord, Savior, and King in a small church in Rota, Spain. I have always felt protected by His love and grace. Throughout my adult life, I have found comfort in this scripture, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” In Gods time, He has always turned my circumstances into positive outcomes. God is Good, All the Time.
Sarah H.
I grew up in church and never questioned if there was a God or if Jesus was the Messiah, but I didn’t realize the price He paid until later.  In middle school I went through some hard times, got involved in the wrong group of people.  Then I got involved in the youth group.  It was then I realized the price He paid for my sins.  I asked Jesus to be Lord in life and since then I have a joy and peace in my life.  I know God will never leave me and He has promised me Heaven.  Since then I have still struggled and experienced hard times, but I have assurance and hope in God.  He will take care of me and bring me out of any difficulty.  He is Lord of my life.
 
Sarah L.
I accepted Christ at a Baptist Church tent meeting in 1952. Growing up, I always attended Sunday School with my family. My husband, five sons and I moved back to New Orleans where I had extended family. My husband died suddenly at 43 and I became a widow at the age of 35 with eight sons to raise alone. Our lives changed, but we continued to walk to church on Sunday. New Orleans is a great place to visit, but not a place to raise a fatherless family. My oldest son had joined the navy and was stationed at Mayport, Florida. We came to visit him and decided Jax Beach would be our new home even though we knew no one here. We attended Palms Presbyterian Church. Eleven months after our move, I met a Christian man who became my husband and a father to my sons. How I got the courage to make such a move, I’ll never know. I know God had more faith in me than I had in myself and he was watching over me. In 1987 my husband and I found peace, friendships and a church home at First Baptist Middleburg. Looking back I realize Jesus led the way. 
 
Sarah W.
I had received Christ as my Savior sometime in childhood, but as I neared my teens, I became involved in drugs, drinking, and promiscuity. As time progressed, I began to believe that if I slept with a man, he would fall in love with me forever. I justified my drug use, since I never did hard drugs and never drank to the point of blacking out. But the more I behaved that way, the more I was hurt emotionally. I felt so lonely; friends would always abandon me if we couldn’t find drugs, and my relationships never lasted long enough for marriage. I felt used and worthless. Tired of being hurt, I began to seek God again. I visited FBCM, not expecting to feel so welcomed and appreciated by the people there, or expecting to hear God speak in every sermon. Almost immediately, I began to experience God’s love and forgiveness. I have since stopped using drugs, stopped drinking, and recommitted to saving sex for marriage. I have learned that no matter what, God will love and forgive me unconditionally. I live everyday knowing that I will always have Jesus on my side, and I will be with Him in Heaven.
 
Scott S.
I started going to church nine months before my first breath. I began learning of Jesus through my parents and our Pastor as far back as I can remember. When I was 8 years old, I felt the call of God upon my heart to receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior and so I did. When I was 12, my mother passed away. It was then that I truly started to grow in my understanding of God and living for Him. I realized God is with me all the time and the things I’m doing either bring shame to Him or please Him. Through His Word, my faith and trust in Him has greatly grown. I’ve had many answered prayers in my life. He’s molding my life and through His literal miraculous control of the things that have happened in my life to bring about His purpose, His will and direction for my life in Him. I can say without any hesitation or shadow of doubt that He is the Author and Finisher of my life and I am not only in awe of how He has worked in my life, but I long to help others have what I have in Him. Thank you, Jesus for being my loving Lord and Savior.
 
Sherry A.
I once wondered, “Is this all there is?” There had to be more to life than just living, dying, and being no more. I had heard about hell and knew I didn’t want to go there, but I wasn’t sure about Heaven. One night while viewing a Billy Graham movie at Brentwood Baptist Church in Jacksonville I had a life-changing experience. I found out about having a personal relationship with Jesus, and I made a decision that night that I wanted to spend eternity in Heaven with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. From that time on I have lived my life knowing that I have a home in Heaven. I am no longer worried about where I am going when I die. Knowing Jesus personally has influenced the way I treat people, how I want to live my life, how I do my job, and how I react to many situations. There have been some ups and downs in my life since then, but knowing Him and depending on Him helped me get through those times. He’s the first person I go to when I need help, and I’ve learned to take even the little problems to Him. The peace and comfort I have from my relationship with Jesus is the most satisfying aspect of my life.
 
Sherry M.
Growing up going to church each Sunday I remember one Sunday was different. I heard one thing I still remember to this day, 40+ years later! The speaker said, "If you don't accept Christ as your Savior then you are rejecting Him." I did not want to reject God. I knew God loved me from the Bible in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." A few days later I asked Jesus Christ into my life to forgive me of my sins and be the boss of my life. I'm so glad I did! Since then life has been much like a roller coaster ride with many ups and downs, twists and turns, fear and yet excitement! God has never left me, but continues to guide me giving me peace when my life is in turmoil and purpose even in the loneliness I sometimes experience. I know without a doubt He is in control and has a plan just for me. I love Him more today!
 
Stacey R.
I was raised in a Christian home since my dad was an associate pastor at the church I grew up in. So I was taught about Jesus. I accepted Jesus at nine years of age. At about the age of 16 or 17, I got in some trouble at school and I realized then that I needed to recommit my life to the Lord so I did at 16 years old praise God for that.
 
Stacy M.
Before Jesus I was empty, no joy, angry, always putting on a front of happiness. I married a Christian and began attending Middleburg First Baptist. God got a hold of my heart during a church service and I came to know Christ. I now feel whole. I have joy in my life. I have a loving heart. A peaceful life.
 
Stan K.
My life before Jesus was one of rebellion, guilt, despair, sadness, and hopelessness. I was raised “religious” but I was constantly trying new things. In 1970 I was approached by three people on a street corner. They confronted me with my sin. Church could not save me …. only Jesus Christ. His sacrifice alone is full payment of all my sins … past, present, and future. I trusted Jesus as my Savior, Lord, and Friend. My life changed in an instant. The weight of the world rolled off my shoulders. I have a new life, new purpose, and power. In Him I trust.
 
Stephanie T.
Before I met Jesus, I battled discouragement and peace.  I was abused and lost.  I was judgmental.  After I met Him, I was no longer judgmental and was at peace.  I encourage myself, my friends, my classmates, my parents, and my husband.  My life is peaceful, happy, and has purpose.  Not problem free, but I have the promise of Heaven, God opened my eyes.
 
Steve B.
I was brought up in church, but not truly a Christian. Before I met Christ, I was lost. I was wandering through life with no purpose and no direction. I rebelled against anything to do with God and church. One day, God literally spoke to me at a football game. It scared me, but woke me up. He asked me what I was doing. I was going the wrong way. I could not wait to get my life right after that. Since then, I have purpose, a sense of calm and relief.
 
Steve S.
I was raised in a Christian home, but did not totally understand what being a Christian meant. Then, Pastor Brown visited my home. He helped me understand what it meant to be a Christian, and I received Christ. My life has had ups and downs, but Christ has always been there for me.
 
Sue C.
When I was 16, my mother took me 3½ hours away from home to work for the summer. She got me a room at an all-girls boarding house. As crazy as that sounds to me now as a parent, God had a plan. Most of the girls there were Christians and that is where I gave my life to Him. I’ll never forget the physical feeling of having that void in my heart fill up the moment I prayed and asked Jesus to forgive my sin and come into my heart. I could tell instantly I was part of God’s family. Everything in life hasn’t been perfect since then. God has allowed 2 miscarriages, a tornado to hit our house, and our music store to collapse in a pile of rubble. But, He has also blessed me with a wonderful husband, three beautiful daughters, an awesome church, and a steadfast faith in Him. God has never left me nor forsaken me, and I know He never will. Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NKJV
 
Sue C.
I was a believer at an early age. My grandfather was a country preacher, and following a revival I was baptized at age 15. As an adult my relationship with God grew more and more distant. After marriage, my husband and I did not attend church. We both held high pressure jobs which at times required unlimited on-call availability. As time passed I realized that I missed the fellowship. After retirement, I knew that I needed to return to God, but again ignored that call. On December 26, 2005, I became very ill. As the EMT's wheeled me out, it seemed to me that I would not make it. Arriving at the hospital I was placed on a ventilator in ICU. Following a failed attempt to remove the ventilator, a do not resuscitate directive was issued. At some point I opened my eyes to see my son and Pastor Alan standing over me. The next 5 months I went from the hospital to the rehabilitation facility twice, and had to learn to walk again. God moved among the doctors, staff, and my family, and on June 1, 2006, I went home. Later that year my husband and granddaughter were baptized together. Today I love my husband, my family, and my church more deeply. Thank God for His Grace!
 
Sue S.
Christ has come to my rescue more times than I can count. I was saved at 16 in an Independent Baptist Church, believing "God" was always watching and ready to "lower the hammer" every time I did something wrong. I seldom thought or ventured outside my little comfort zone. Never wanted to step out on faith and really live for Jesus. It was a time in my life when I thought I was a good person, never cheated or lied much, but definitely never killed anyone. So I wasn't too bad, but after several years and many poor choices, I realized I was a sinner and bounded for hell. I thank Jesus for never giving up on me, for giving many opportunities to repent and use His guidance to live a successful and miraculous life. I'm not perfect, but I am a "Work in Process"!
 
Susan M.
My life before Christ was full of anxiety and fear of the circumstances and the future.  I was saved as a child, mom took me to church and I realized I didn’t have to be afraid.  I could rely on Christ today and for eternity.  Now, I don’t have to worry, but can give Jesus all my anxiety and fear in little things and big things.  I have peace.
 
Tammy G.
I was raised in church - Sunday morning, Sunday night; Wednesday night. When I was 15, I prayed and asked Jesus into my heart and was baptized. My priorities were partying, work, home, husband. Fun was the name of the game and we quit going to church. After 20 years of marriage I became a homemaker. I turned 40 and had no idea who I was nor what my future held. I could not be alone with myself. I didn't like myself. I went back to church, became involved in a Bible study group and learned about a relationship with Jesus. All the years going to church no one ever shared that with me. As I continued studying the Bible and my own relationship with Jesus started to grow I found the real me but was afraid "church" would change who I was. Instead I found my real identity -who God created me to be. The weak, insecure girl is gone. 2 Timothy 1:7 tells me God did not make me to fear but to have power, love and a sound mind. I can now be alone with myself; but I am not alone. Jesus taught me how to love myself. And I know when I die, I will go to heaven.
 
Tasi R.
Before Christ I was severely insecure. I didn’t feel like I had a purpose. I had no refuge from stress. I felt like I had no identity. I had nowhere to belong. My best friend, who is like a sister to me, invited me to church. One day I felt a pull and asked her to take me to church. God reached out and touched my heart. I belong to Christ now. I feel confidence in His word and unfailing love which abolished my insecurity that no one liked me or would stick by me. I have peace and comfort through many storms. I now have the strength to speak what I believe. I no longer feel alone.
 
Terry G.
No joy. No peace. I lacked purpose. That’s what my life was like before Christ. My mom brought me to church where I found Jesus. I now have purpose, joy, meaning, and direction.
 
Terri H.
My father’s social drinking had gone to full blown alcoholism as I celebrated my 7th birthday, which is also when a neighbor started sexually abusing me. At age 13, I sought comfort in a bottle (I had been taught God only loves "good" little girls and this one was tainted). By the time I graduated high school I confused sex with love and ended up with an unwanted pregnancy. Everyone has a bottom to hit and my baby's life was mine. I got sober, was introduced to my husband who loves the Lord and in turn lead me to the Lord. I no longer have the need to fill that hole in my soul; it is being occupied by the Holy Spirit, the One it was made for. God loves me enough to leave me with enough scars so that I can love others with the love and mercy that I have been given. I am freed from the burden of shame and guilt. My prayer is to be used so others can know the abundant life Christ gave His life for us to have. Oh yeah, that baby I didn't give a chance, but God did and he is in heaven awaiting the arrival of his mom - isn't God amazing!
 
Terri N.
I was truly blessed as a child to be raised in a Christian home. I knew the stories of Jesus and the Bible at an early age. After marriage, two kids, and a career I found myself missing something. There was a "hole" in my heart. I started biking for exercise and listening to Christian music on my headset. I would sing God's praises and ask him to "Open the Eyes of my Heart". I would sing this song again and again. I remember the day that the Holy Spirit truly opened the eyes of my heart. It was a feeling of complete release. Christ changed my life. I started reading the Bible and understanding how Christ will provide if I trust Him. I can have faith that He will be there for me in the good times and the bad. I now have a peace about my life, an assurance of life eternal with Jesus. I now know that when I die, I WILL GO TO HEAVEN. God promised me this and I'm looking forward to the day that I can walk on streets of GOLD. I can see my grandparents and love the Lord every day. I pray you find this peace that I have found by believing in Jesus and asking Him to come into your heart like I have.
 
Terri Jo P.
My life before Christ was full of worry and anxiety living a life full of lies, liquor and lust (promiscuous sex).  On October 9, 1994, I surrendered my life to Christ.  He rescued me from a life which was headed toward complete destruction.  He gave me peace, security, laughter and joy.   Things have not always been perfect but He provides me with all I need.  He is my Lord and Savior, My Rock.  
 
Tiffany R.
I was raised in a Christian home going to church every Sunday and Wednesday. I was baptized and accepted Jesus in my heart at the age of 10 during camp. I got off track in my teenage years with the wrong crowd. It wasn't until God blessed me with my kids that I understood the real meaning of salvation. Knowing that I needed to set a good Christian example for my kids helped me have a hunger for God's word. I am now back in church and rededicating my life to Him! God is a very forgiving God and I'm blessed to have him in my life and heart!
 
Tim M.
I was raised in a Christian home although as a child no one shared the gospel with me. I walked the aisle in a Baptist Church in Jacksonville with my family at six years old. My whole family was baptized and joined the church, but I was never asked if I knew Jesus. I always thought I was saved but my thoughts and actions were not consistent with someone who had a personal relationship with Him. When I was 14 years old a football coach I will call Coach Ben shared with me the plan of salvation and I was saved after a Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting. I was not baptized after that experience but Jesus lived in my heart. After careers in law enforcement and then construction, Jesus burdened my heart to be baptized; so at the age of 41 years old I got my baptism on the right side of my salvation. The Jesus I know changed my thinking, my desires, and my life. I found it was possible to act like a man while letting others see Jesus in me each day. God has since called me to full time Christian service and I seek to see others come to know Jesus personally.
 
Tim W.
Before Christ came into my life I was drinking and partying. I felt I had it all. One night when I was home alone I realized, even with everything I had, I still had that hole in my heart. A couple nights later I gave my life to Christ. Jesus fills that hole with peace and joy and a realization of His entire truth. My purpose in life is my relationship with Jesus and wanting to know him more.
 
Tina P.
Before I accepted Christ there was an emptiness in my life. Nothing could fulfill me. Nothing brought me happiness as the world promised. I gave birth to my child and lost my father all within a six months period. I felt called to begin going to church. Jesus fills a void in my life. He has brought me peace that the world cannot give me. I never have to life without Jesus.
 
Tina P.
For me, life was a seven day rotation of living for the weekend before I met Christ Jesus. There was no security, no promises, and no purpose. I came to the point that I needed something more. That “more” was Jesus. He came into my life on September 25, 2001. I knew at that point that I was complete. I now know that business, hobbies, and even human relationships are not the ultimate purpose of life. Serving and glorifying my Lord and Savior is the key purpose of my life.
 
Todd J.
Before I met Jesus there was a time in my life when I looked for acceptance and approval from others. I kept falling short. Through the influence and teaching of my parents and pastor, I had a life changing experience. I found the ultimate acceptance and grace of God through placing my faith in Jesus Christ. Since then, I have a sense of peace and approval that only comes from God and I don’t have to worry about what others think of me or of my performance.
 
Tom S.
This is not my life story or my life before I became a Christian but my life now. It is not always easy being a Christian and there's nothing magic about the Christian way of life. But know there is something very special that happens to the inside of you when you accept Christ in your heart and you give your life to Him. We lost our oldest daughter in an automobile accident just a few years ago and then a year later I lost my dad. We experienced grief and sadness just like everybody else. It is still difficult at times. But this is where my relationship with Christ takes on a new meaning for me. I have my faith in knowing I will be with my loved ones again someday and look forward to that homecoming. While we are apart, I will continue to live in a way that I pray will honor God. He has filled me with the Joy that only another Christian can understand. I pray that you will turn your life over to Christ so when you experience the difficult times in your life, that you can experience this same understanding for He is with us always. I am here to say that Jesus really is with us always.
 
Toni G.
At sixteen my life was going in the wrong direction. I hit bottom and I looked up and asked Jesus to help me.   The pastor came to visit and invited me to church.  He was new and found my name on the church roll from when I was small.  The timing was a God thing.  Christ healed my hurt and gave me hope and peace in my life.  He showed me the love and forgiveness my soul and heart was longing for. 
 
Tori F.
I was very young but I was afraid to die. I knew if I did I would go to hell. I also knew Jesus loved me and wanted to be my friend. In my bed one night, I asked Jesus to come into my heart and save me. I am not afraid anymore. I have learned that since Jesus has been my boss I have peace, joy, and a purpose in life.
 
Tracey J.
There was a time in my life when I was just existing. I had no purpose. Just maintaining … going through the motions. I had a youth pastor invest in my life and teach me about Jesus and His love. I knew that my life needed Jesus and His direction, love, and guidance. After Jesus became my Lord and Savior I began to see that it wasn’t just about me. I had a purpose and vision for my life. I began to live for Christ and others. My family began coming to church, be saved, and were baptized. Our entire home life changed. God had a plan not just for me but for my entire family.
 
Tracey W.
Prior to committing my life to Jesus I lacked purpose and self esteem. I made bad decisions which led to bad habits. Then a miracle happened. I had twin girls. I dedicated my life to Christ and each day I’m putting Him first.
 
Travis P.
My battle in life began at three days old when I contracted spinal meningitis. My breathing and heart had stopped and the doctors told my parents that they didn’t think that I would make it through the night. My parents, family, and friends prayed so that I would have life. I was able to leave the hospital two to three months later. When I was seven, I had made the choice to turn my life to Christ and I have been blessed beyond measure. In 2001 I was involved in an accident on SR 16 at 4:30 am. On my way to work, I hit the back end of a rock hauling semi at the rate of speed of 65 MPH. I flipped my Escort ZX2 and survived the wreck. I was involved in an accident that just involved myself back in late 2007 when I ran my car off the road avoiding a car on Blanding and ended up in the retention pond near Discount Auto Parts. I am actively involved in FBC Middleburg’s Softball Team, The Passion Play, FBC Riders Motorcycle Ministries & Middleburg High School Volleyball Team. God Is Good All The Time and All The Time God is Good!
 
Trayce W.
Before I had my beautiful twin girls, who are two years old now, I just could never seem to really, really be happy. Unfortunately the road I chose because of this was drugs and alcohol. In my mind I had a relationship with the Lord. I prayed, not very often, and at times I even read my Bible. My life changed drastically once I became pregnant. After giving birth I drank some because again I was lonely, raising two babies alone, financial problems, no luck with employment. I started going to church, Middleburg Baptist and a few others as well. One day June 12 to be exact, God opened my eyes and I knew. There was no way to have that happiness, to have that pain in my gut I have had for my entire life go away unless I walked with Him and started obeying Him. My eyes are wide open. I am truly a totally different person. He gives my life, happiness, joy, love and hope. Best of all I will have eternal life with him in heaven. In the short time I have attended Middleburg Baptist Pastor Alan has taught me so much about the Bible, and my relationship with God. I am eager to read my Bible and Sundays are the best day of the week for sure. I am not alone anymore. I do still have the struggles all people have in life but now I share these issues with my Savior and at the end of the day there are no more tears, and if there are they are tears of joy and gratefulness to Him for the stripes He wore for me.
 
Trissie R.
My parents were missionaries in Bolivia for 30 years. When I was 12 years old I accepted Jesus as my Savior during an Evangelistic meeting at Century Baptist in Toronto. During the summers of my high school years, I worked at Canadian Keswick Conference in Ontario. One evening a coworker and I went for a canoe ride. A strong wind tipped the canoe over. It was in late August so it was cold and dark. We screamed for help and prayed together. More than four hours later a lady heard our cry and came out in her motorboat. This experience brought me closer to the Lord. I wanted to serve Him. My sister Lola and her husband Mel were missionaries in Ethiopia. On furlough they invited me to supper. While there, Mel asked me if I had ever thought about becoming a missionary and I replied, “Yes, many times.” Then he asked “What have you done about it?” It seemed as if God was asking me that question also. As a result, I went to College and then to Andover Newton Theological School. I met Jack there. We were married in 1954. When we graduated we applied to the American Baptist Foreign Mission Board. As a result, we spent 36 wonderful years as Missionaries in the Congo.
 
Tyler M.
My life used to be filled with discouragement. I did not have anything to live for and I became incredibly confused. My dad began to teach me about Jesus and how to become saved. I accepted Jesus into my life. Christ then gave me answers to my problems. He gave me a purpose and understanding to the life I’m living.
 
 
Valerie C.
Before Jesus was in my life I was searching, going from one thing to another, but never happy or fulfilled. Then I found out why I was searching and looking around. I was lost and needed someone's help. Jesus was that someone. Now I feel safe and secure, even when times get hard; I know that I am in God's hands and I trust Him.
 
Veronica C.
My life before Christ was good. It seemed like everything was going as it should. But when Christ found me, he showed me how horrible it was. It was all about me. I took the credit for everything good in my life and never took credit for doing wrong. God had a better plan for me. He put me in a job where I met the best Christians ever. They guided me and gave me a copy of the Lord’s word. One of them was a member of FBCM and took me to meet with Brother Alan. God touched my heart and I asked Jesus to be my Savior. Without God, I would not have made it home to see my dad before he died. I should have lost my land, but the owners offered to buy it back from me. I moved for a couple of years and quit going to church. I lost my relationship with God, but I never lost my faith in Him. I prayed for Him to get me back home (FBCM). He answered my prayer. This is just a small part of God’s work in my life and I know he has bigger plans for me. How wonderful is our God.
 
Vicki D.
As a child I was involved in Sunday School and Children's Choir. Singing in a choir has always been a major part of my life. My first solo was in Vacation Bible School. I sang "The B-I-B-L-E." I thought I was great. There came a time in my life when I realized that it wasn't about attending Sunday School and church and being in a choir. It was about making a commitment to Jesus Christ to be my Savior. So I asked Jesus into my heart and to be the Lord of my life. I have been blessed with a wonderful husband for 51 years, two beautiful daughters and a wonderful son-in-law. Life hasn't always been easy, nor will it be. There have been disappointments and struggles. Through it all, Jesus has been my stronghold. He has promised never to leave me or forsake me. No matter what is ahead, He will be with me. I have felt his voice and his touch in my life. My life verse is I Corinthians 2:9 "Eyes have not seen nor ears heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things that God has in store for those that love him." He can be your Savior by just simply asking him into your heart and life. It is a gift.
 
Vicki H.
Prior to accepting Jesus I was angry. I was discontented with myself. I hated my life. My husband accepted Jesus. When I saw the changes in him I did the same. It’s the best decision I ever made. I finally have peace in my mind and heart. I no longer want the bad things I desired in my previous life. I’m patient and content and I’m a totally different person. Someone I like.
 
Vickie S.
My story is different from some. I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was 10 and I lived for him and grew in the faith until I was in my early 20's. At that point I allowed some distractions of the world to lead me away. I was still the "Good Girl" so to speak and really did not do anything bad – however, I was no longer in the center of God's Will for me. Through the years the Lord used many things to draw me back to him - I almost had financial ruin, then a bad accident could have claimed the lives of my children. However, not one scratch on them and the third was my Mom getting sick and passing away. At that moment I fell on my feet and began the journey back into God's will. I allowed him to clean out all my distractions and I allowed him to be the Lord of my life again. I now have peace, understanding and wisdom thru Him. I know whatever comes my way through good times and bad times goes through His hand first and I will lean on the Lord for the rest of my natural life.
 
 
Wanda B.
There was a time when my life was empty and void of purpose. I had a lack of identity. I was brought to Jesus through a life-changing encounter. I was spiritually guided to see and feel Jesus, which led to my salvation. Though I am still learning, Christ Jesus has brought completion and meaning to my life.
Wayne P.
I went to church, but I was lost and did not know Jesus. I was asked to share my testimony (about Jesus) and had nothing to tell. I had a life-changing encounter with Christ Jesus. Now, He has new meaning to me – He is real. I still make mistakes, but I am forgiven.
 
Wendy R.
I was brought up in a Christian family and we went to church most Sundays. But it wasn't until after I graduated from high school and was married for a few months that I truly gave my heart to Jesus. It was at a revival under Bill Stafford. I can remember like it was yesterday the weight that was lifted from my shoulders as soon as I was saved. After 22 years of marriage and 2 children, I found myself going through a divorce which I never thought would happen to me. Through a lot of heartache, disappointment, bitterness and all the emotions that go along with divorce, I knew I had to make one of two choices, to get mad at God and wonder why me or go with God! My choice was to follow my Lord through this hard and sad trial in my life. I can honestly say God is Awesome!! I am such a different person and a much stronger Christian now! The peace, joy, happiness and contentment I have now is all because of Jesus! He truly is in control of it all if you let go and let God! Thank you Jesus!
 
 

 
Cardboard Testimonies
 
 A group of FBCM's family were asked to share their Life Stories in a very simple way.  
Each person wrote a brief version of their story on a piece of cardboard.
 

Cardboard Testimonies from FBC Middleburg on Vimeo.
  
 
 

 
Share Your Story
 
Please tell us your story in 200 words or less and share what God has done in your life!
You can E-mail us @ office@fbcmiddleburg.com or use the form below. Submissions may be edited for grammar, length and clarity. If you're story can encourage others, we'd love to know it. 
 
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